White House main of staff John Kelly refused claims that President Trump desired to dramatically increase the number of nuclear weaponry in the United States arsenal, stating instead how the president was more interested in eliminating all of them.
âIn spite of what someone reported the other day about President [Trump],â Kelly told a media reporter during Thursdayâs White House briefing, âWhat heâs said to me many, many times and to the group oftentimes I hear him most say about nuclear weapons: Wouldnât it be great if we could get rid of them all, as opposed to we need 10 times more,â he added.
Kelly carried on: âSo even more than when he references maintenance of nuclear weapons, modernization, it doesnât mean increase in numbers. I hear him talk more, âWouldnât it be great, how could we get rid of nuclear weapons?ââ
Kelly was responding to a report through NBC News earlier this week that will Trump had a July meeting by which he said he wanted the tenfold increase in the nuclear toolbox, surprising military and diplomatic authorities. The comments reportedly happened in the exact same meeting that resulted in Secretary associated with State Rex Tillerson calling Trump a âmoron.â
During a Republican main debate, Trump credited the power associated with nuclear weapons as being so enormous it provided the United States with safety that didnât require the application of military forces.
âWith nuclear, the power, the devastation, is very important to me,â additional Trump in December 2015.
Trump offers fiercely denied the NBC survey, even going as far as to endanger the networkâs broadcast license.
âI never discussed increasing it,â Trump said on Wednesday. âI wanted it in perfect form. That was just fake news simply by NBC.
âRight now we have so many nuclear weapons. I want them to be totally in perfect shape, â? the particular president continued. âWe wonât need an increase. I want modernization and I want rehabilitation. Itâs got to be in top-top shape.â
He added: âI know the capability we have, believe me, and it is awesome. It is massive. So when they make up stories like that, thatâs just made up, and the generals will tell you that. And then they have sources that donât exist, they donât exist. They make up the sources. There are no sources.â
In separate statement, Defense Secretary Adam Mattis said, âRecent reports that the president called for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal are absolutely false.â
NBC stands simply by its reporting.
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