Trump's unjustified boast about United States nuke power

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Despite escalating rhetoric and North Korea's threat to strike Guam, retired Navy Adm. James Winnefeld Jr. told "CBS This Morning" Wednesday that he doesn't believe the isolated country wants to use nuclear weapons against the U.S. However, far more care was taken with the Gallup poll to ensure the sample was a reliable one.

This tweet is not accurate. The review effort kicked off in April 2017, according to news reports.

It's not hard to argue that Trump's tweet is an indirect violent threat, though it's also not hard to argue that it's a simple statement about the defensive readiness of the United States military.

Trump issued an executive order on January 27 to start the review, which is still ongoing and is expected to take several more months to complete. The first is to "prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons", a strategic imperative.

Indeed, it's common for new presidents to put their stamp on the nation's nuclear capabilities by issuing a new review within two years after entering office. "Look at Clinton", Trump said.

"But here's Barack Obama, circa 2009 on North Korea".

There have been incremental improvements, but they have been trickling out under a plan begun under Trump's predecessor, Obama. The weapons themselves are less powerful: the Titan missile, for example, carried a 9 megaton warhead, several orders of magnitude more destructive than the ones fielded now.

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Those responses will feel very feeble in the middle of a nuclear war, which maybe could have been prevented if Twitter banned Trump! you say.

Those programs, combined with other upgrades to the USA strategic infrastructure, could cost as much as $1 trillion over the coming three decades.

Experts panned Trump's boast of rapid improvements. This strategy was developed during the Cold War to guarantee that in the event of a surprise attack, at least one leg would remain standing to deliver a counterstrike.

Any recent upgrades to the arsenal are the result of Obama-era initiatives that authorized $1 trillion in nuclear spending over the next 30 years.

It was known that the countries were engaged in talks when the U.S. was trying to bring about the release of American student Otto Warmbier about two months ago but it was only now revealed that the communications are still being conducted. "Nothing has changed on the ground in the last six months".

The arsenal isn't just smaller in terms of numbers of nuclear warheads.