BREAKING: Putin responds to Trump's nukes tweet: If arms race speeds up, 'it's not us' https://t.co/bYYFmeLKi9
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) December 23, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump sparked fears of global nuclear annihilation this Thursday when he called for an expansion of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
Now, Trump has flat-out told MSNBC: “Let it be an arms race.”
“We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all,” Trump said to Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski on Friday, not specifying which countries he meant.
When calling for the expansion, Trump said that the U.S. must “greatly strengthen and expand” its weapons of mass destruction until “the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
The president-elect’s comments have triggered fears that his administration will reverse decades of partnership with Russia during which we’ve seen major reductions in the world’s nuclear arsenal.
In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin downplayed the risks of a nuclear arms race in an annual news conference on Friday, saying that the president-elect’s comments were “nothing new.”
“It’s not us who have been speeding up the arms race,” Putin said, adding that he would be willing to visit the U.S. if Trump invited him.
He went on to claim that Russia’s nuclear missiles can penetrate the U.S. missile defense system, and that his recently announced plans to improve Russia’s nuclear weapons were a necessity.
Given Trump’s remarks on nuclear escalation, it’s hard to begrudge Putin those ominous words.
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