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Fact Check: Trump's Unjustified Boast About US Nuke Power

11 August 2017

On Tuesday, Trump told reporters at his gulf resort in New Jersey that North Korea would face an unprecedented level of "fire and fury" if it continues to threaten the United States.

President Donald Trump, six months into his presidency and facing simmering tensions in Asia, has not only ignored his predecessors, he's rekindled his deep-seeded animosity for the man who handed him the nuclear codes.

Trump tweeted Wednesday: "My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal".

In an interview with the Huffington Post, John Mecklin, editor-in-chief of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists-the organization that created the "Doomsday Clock"-denounced Trump's remarks as "about the stupidest and most risky statement I have ever heard an American president make". He then added: "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!" Its most recent estimate, released in February 2017, CBO said the modernization effort would cost $400 billion between 2017 and 2026, or $52 billion more than CBO's 2015 estimate, "largely because modernization programs will be ramping up".

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While the USA has daunting nuclear power, the Pentagon's program has been beset with morale, training, discipline and resource problems. That mixed message is likely to cause some confusion about the official USA position, but it was made more complicated this morning by Sebastian Gorka, a top White House adviser on national security, who told Fox News, "This is analogous to the Cuban missile crisis".

In a series of early-morning tweets yesterday, Trump reaffirmed his threat from a day earlier by reposting video of him warning that North Korea would be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it made more threats to the US.

It is believed North Korea has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside the missiles they've been testing. First of all, President Trump's first executive order had to do with repealing the Affordable Care Act, not nuclear weapons.

Trump also retweeted two messages on Wednesday evening, one from a Fox News show and another from John Bolton, a former ambassador to the United Nations, that knocked Obama. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

The threatened attack near Guam, if carried out, would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged calm, saying he sees no "imminent threat" of attack.

"Literally nothing has happened in the last 201 days to increase the overall power of the United States nuclear arsenal", Schwartz said.

A week after taking office, Trump issued a presidential memorandum on "rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces".

Besides the US and Russia, England, France, Israel, Pakistan, India, China and North Korea are all believed to be armed with nukes.

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