Trump Wanted Dramatic Increase in Nuclear Arsenal in Meeting With Military Leaders

President Donald Trump boards Marine One on Friday at the White House

During his presidential campaign, Trump said a number of alarming things about nuclear strikes.

President Trump conveyed his annoyance at the report in remarks to reporters after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in D.C. I want it in ideal shape.

"I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests". "We don't need an increase". At various points, Trump wondered aloud why nukes would be made if they were never to be used, wouldn't rule out nuking Europe, said that his strategy with regards to nuclear weapons is "to be unpredictable". "It's got to be in tip-top shape".

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NBC reported Wednesday that Trump made the comments on July 20 in response to a briefing slide that showed a steady decrease in the U.S.'s nuclear weapons since the 1960s. "This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible".

During the height of the Cold War, the stockpile of nuclear weapons from Russian Federation and the USA was at its peak due to an ongoing arms race. The Federation of American Scientists says the United States now has about 4,000 nuclear warheads earmarked for use in its military stockpile.

According to the network, Mr Trump had been shown a slide that showed the steady reduction of U.S. nukes since the late sixties, in line with post-cold war treaties.

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The NBC report comes during a time of high tension between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs, and just ahead of an expected announcement from Mr Trump on whether to decertify the worldwide deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

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