Donald Trump has set Washington atwitter again with a cryptic and
seemingly unprompted pronouncement about the necessity to expand the
US' nuclear capabilities.
United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear
capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding
tweeted on Thursday afternoon.
in the day, the president-elect blasted
the UN Security
Council over an “unfair” draft
resolution regarding Israel and reiterated his commitment
the swamp” in
Washington. He offered no indication as to what might have prompted
remarks about nuclear weapons.
tweet seems to diverge from Trump’s public position on nuclear
weapons that he expressed during the campaign. The billionaire
businessman campaigned on a platform of rebuilding the US military
while cutting taxes and reining in federal spending. He was critical
of outgoing President Barack Obama’s plan to modernize the
to cost $1 trillion over the next 30 years.
are not keeping up with other countries,” Trump
said during the first presidential debate in September. “I
would like everybody to end it, just get rid of it. But I would
certainly not do first strike.”
modernization plan was criticized by some members of his own party.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Representative Adam Smith
(D-Washington) called it “neither
affordable, executable, nor advisable in order to maintain an
effective and reliable nuclear deterrent,” according
to Tom Collina of thePloughshares
a Washington-based anti-nuclear think tank.
to Collina, former Secretary of Defense William Perry and retired
head of US Strategic Command, General James Cartwright, even proposed
that Trump could phase out intercontinental ballistic missiles.
levels of nuclear forces should be determined by what we need, not by
a misguided desire to match Moscow missile for missile,” Perry
Wednesday, Trump met with executives from Boeing and Lockheed Martin
to discuss the new Air Force One and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter –
projects entrusted to the two aerospace contractors which he had
publicly criticized last week. They are also bidding on a contract
for a new missile to replace the Minuteman III.
on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke of the need
the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with
missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and
prospective missile defense systems.”
carefully monitor any changes in the balance of power and in the
political-military situation in the world, especially along Russian
borders, and quickly adapt plans for neutralizing threats to our
Donald Trump is opposed to the resolution before the UN Security
Council condemning Israeli settlements, and wants the US to veto it.
resolution proposed by Egypt says the "establishment
by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since
1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes
a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to
the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and
according to a
forward on Wednesday....