REPORT: Vladimir Putin And Donald Trump Make Eerie Simultaneous Call To Strengthen Nuclear Forces
Putin And Trump Echo Each Other In Calls For More Nukes
As President-elect Donald Trump makes a call to strengthen nuclear forces in the United States via Twitter on Thursday, Vladimir Putin did the same for Russia.
In an eerie echo of one another, the two men both seemed to recommit their countries – and the citizens they either rule or will soon purport to lead – to nuclear proliferation.
According to multiple reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin openly called on his country to “strenghten” its nuclear forces.
“We need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defense systems.”
And then, the day after President-elect Donald Trump spoke with top Pentagon brass, he, too, made a comment in favor of strengthening U.S. nuclear power.
“The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
Trump made the ominous announcement via his favorite medium – social media. In true Trump form, the next president of the United States used Twitter to advance his nuclear agenda.
Trump’s Call For Increased Nuclear Capacity Comes After Meeting With Top Brass
Trump met with six top military officers at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, where he is spending the holidays. Although it’s reported that Trump spoke with Pentagon officials about the costs of multiple major contracts, including that of the F-35, there has been no statement forthcoming on whether nuclear matters were discussed at all.
Of course, it could simply be that Trump heard Vladimir Putin make the call for greater nuclear capabilities, and, as an admirer of the Russian ruler, simply parroted the thought.
This is not the first time Donald Trump has created cause for concern in regards to nuclear weapons and the United States. He refused to “take them off the table,” even in regards to Europe, in a town hall hosted by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews last March. He also reportedly asked top security advisers about nuclear weapons three times within an hour, even asking why they aren’t utilized, since they are available. He also suggested that other countries, such as Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia should be allowed to develop them.
And now we are less than a month away from this man receiving the codes to unleash them.
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