President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a almost tenfold increase in the US 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. The Federation of American Scientists says the United States now has about 4,000 nuclear warheads earmarked for use in its military stockpile.
"I think it's stunning even for Trump to say that a news organization should have its broadcast license revoked, to even suggest that that's what should happen is a stunning statement", Snyder said. The article said after Trump saw the slide he said he wanted a bigger stockpile of weapons, not the bottom position on the downward-sloping curve.
The Trump administration has threatened to prosecute leakers. "But when they said I want 10 times what we have right now, it's totally unnecessary, believe me, because I know what we have right now".
According to the report, Trump asked for "what amounted to a almost tenfold increase" after being presented with a graph that showed a gradual reduction in nuclear weapons since the 1960s.
She said that Trump's tweets about policy, public events, and legislative proposals are not covered enough, suggesting that other posts in his active Twitter feed receive too much attention. However, after decades of global disarmament treaties (which were signed by every president since Ronald Regan), the stockpile of nuclear weapons has steadily decreased around the world.
'If he were to increase the numbers, the Russians would match him, and the Chinese, ' he said.
It was the second time in a week that NBC had referenced the July meeting. "That's the only thing I've ever discussed", he continued. We need to have a moment of clarity and honesty: "it's not about the news, it's about revenue", Rep. David Schweikert, an Arizona Republican, said.
After the meeting in July, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to Trump as a "moron", according to NBC.
The pair of tweets came just before the president was scheduled to receive his daily intelligence briefing, according to a calendar the White House send reporters overnight.