Trump makes false claims about United States nuclear arsenal


The tweet is earning attention in light of Trump's own poor poll numbers during the ongoing dispute with North Korea. Answering questions about the crisis with North Korea, he said that if he had his druthers he would commit to nuclear nonproliferation around the world.

"Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

Trump followed up on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

The now deceased lawyer, who advised both the United States and Iranian governments during the 1981 hostage crisis, wrote of the nuclear codes: "My suggestion was quite simple: Put that needed code number in a little capsule, and then implant that capsule right next to the heart of a volunteer". Still, given our proximity in Arlington to places like the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Pentagon, how anxious are you - in the back of your mind - about nuclear warfare given the latest escalation in rhetoric?

There has been no significant change in nuclear modernization plans under Mr. Trump, said Todd Harrison, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, that arsenal stood at 22,217.

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As for the Navy, its aircraft carriers no longer carry tactical nuclear weapons, nor do its surface warships carry nuclear-capable cruise missiles. The co-leader of the review, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva, said July 18 that a thorough look at the country's nuclear strategies will take a few more months at best.

In addition, the US military is limited in how many weapons can be deployed under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signed in 2010.

Only the Navy's 14 ballistic missile submarines, which operate from bases in Georgia and Washington state, continue to sail with the intercontinental weapons they can launch while submerged.

The ships are approaching the end of their service lives, however, and the Air Force's bombers and missiles also are the same ones that served in the Cold War for decades. As if they had the Trump insignia painted on them and tourists could pick up souvenir versions in the gift shop off the Trump Tower lobby. The number of United States deployed strategic warheads has decreased since September 1, 2016.

In fact, Trump's "first order as president" was an executive order seeking to repeal Obamacare, and had nothing to do with strengthening nuclear arsenal.