Trump’s claim that U.S. nuclear arsenal is ‘now far stronger and more powerful’
My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.”
— President Trump, in a tweet, Aug. 9, 2017
As part of his saber-rattling with North Korea, President Trump made this claim about the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Readers wanted to know: Can the nuclear arsenal be modernized so quickly?
In a word, no.
Let’s deconstruct the president’s statement.
He says this was his “first order” as president. He may be confused about this. In his first national security memorandum, issued seven days after he became president, Trump called for “rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces.” The order included a call to “initiate a new Nuclear Posture Review to ensure that the United States nuclear deterrent is modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready, and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies.”