My only question is this: How were Trump’s advisers surprised?
President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.
Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.
According to the officials present, Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the build-up. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.
While it would almost be worth swamping the world in nuclear warheads just to show Putin how dangerous it is to fuck with American politics, fortunately the proposal is such a non-starter that no one reminded the Toddler-in-Chief about it after his morning nap. I also think that this puts Corker’s meltdown in context; the people who have taken upon themselves the responsibility of restraining Orangegoliant do not have infinite levels of patience.
— Robert Farley (@drfarls) October 11, 2017