Ben Rhodes Slams Trump for 'Lie' About Nuclear Arsenal

Ben Rhodes Slams Trump for 'Lie' About Nuclear Arsenal

"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!" The tweet is earning attention in light of Trump's own poor poll numbers during the ongoing dispute with North Korea.

We all know that President Trump doesn't think very highly of most mainstream polls in America.

The long answer: Trump is rattling the nuclear saber following reports that North Korea might have built a nuclear weapon that it could fit atop a missile capable of hitting the United States.

Is this what he means by "fire and fury"?

It is still unclear whether Twitter intends to act on requests for Trump's account to be suspended. 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?

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Kingston Reif, director of disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association, said that it's true that Trump authorized a review of nuclear strategy and capability after taking office, but the review likely won't be complete until the end of the year or even later. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, that arsenal stood at 22,217. Under the New START treaty with Russian Federation that took effect in early 2011, Washington and Moscow have agreed to a limit of 1,550 total deployed weapons.

He did not order the modernization of the nuclear arsenal. The successor Global Strike Command today operates 400 land-based Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles at bases in three states, as compared with the peak of 1,000. Each ship was built to accommodate 24 missiles but will have four of its tubes permanently made useless as the USA complies with New START. In fact, the arsenal has significantly shrunk since the height of the Cold War.

"China calls on all sides to uphold the main direction of a political resolution to the Korean peninsula nuclear issue, and avoid any words or actions that may intensify the problem and escalate the situation", the government said in a statement sent to Reuters, repeating its customary stance. The number of United States deployed strategic warheads has decreased since September 1, 2016.

The South Korean capital, Seoul, is home to roughly 10-million people and within range of massed North Korean rockets and artillery, which would be impossible to destroy in a first U.S. strike.

Guam governor Eddie Calvo dismissed the threat and said the island was prepared for "any eventuality" with strategically placed defences.

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