US President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday called for the United States to expand its nuclear arsenal, which would be a radical shift in US policy dating back decades.
In a tweet that offered no details, Trump said, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
Trump’s suggestion would reverse a long-standing policy under both Republican and Democratic presidents to reduce the number and the role of nuclear weapons, said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association. Russia and before it, the Soviet Union, hold a similar policy.
Since President George HW Bush’s administration, it has been US policy not to build new nuclear warheads.
There are times when I think Trump might not be an awful President and then there are times when I think he could be an absolute disaster – and this is one of them.
The last thing the world needs is a new nuclear arms race. The US and Russia have enough nukes to blow up the planet many times over.