Trump Takes Credit For Nuclear Arsenal Improvments By Obama Administration

Trump touts US nuclear arsenal amid standoff with North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday followed up his warning to North Korea against threatening the United States with a statement on the strength of the American nuclear arsenal, and an expression of hope that it would not need to be used.

Later, President Trump tweeted that America's nuclear arsenal is "far stronger and more powerful than ever before". It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. He then added: "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!".

President Trump boasted on Wednesday that he had made US nuclear weapons more powerful.

Speaking in New Jersey at his golf course, Trump declined to rule out a preemptive strike on North Korea, saying he wouldn't discuss potential military options.

While in late January, the President did give orders to the Pentagon to review America's nuclear arsenal, while giving General Mattis until March to submit a plan to improve overall readiness in the military, that plan was not scheduled to be implemented until 2019.

She added: "Trump's tweet gives the misleading impression that he has already ordered concrete changes to the USA nuclear arsenal". This morning, following yesterday's criticism of his "fire and fury" comments, President Trump continued his risky rhetoric towards North Korea.

"I think that the President, again, as commander-in-chief, I think he felt it necessary to issue a very strong statement directly to North Korea", Tillerson said. The UN Security Council this weekend adopted new, tougher sanctions, seeking to curtail North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Lindsey Graham says Trump isn't going to just "contain the threat".

While the USA has daunting nuclear power, the Pentagon's program has been beset with morale, training, discipline and resource problems.

Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, made the comments to the BBC amid reports of division within the Trump administration on how to handle North Korea.

He insisted that nothing has changed over the past 24 hours that would make a military response to the dispute more likely adding that "the American people should sleep well at night".

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