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Donald Trump Just Openly Challenged The World To An Arms Race

President-elect Donald Trump called for an arms race

The president in waiting Donald Trump has stunned the entire world with a call for a renewed arms race. On his Twitter feed and in comments to Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe programme early on Friday

“Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

Related: REPORT: Vladimir Putin And Donald Trump Make Eerie Simultaneous Call To Strengthen Nuclear Forces

This followed a tweet the president-elect posted on Thursday stating

Trump’s aides have been desperately trying to fix the damage done, but have been powerless to do so, especially considering his comments have (once again) broken with long standing U.S. policy. And not just any policy, America’s top national interest for decades: reducing stockpiles of nuclear weapons around the world and promoting non-proliferation. As Daryl Kimball, executive director of the independent Arms Control Association said;

“It is irresponsible and reckless for the president elect to be articulating future US nuclear policy in a tweet and on a morning news show. Just the words have damaging effects. It invokes confusion and can stir hostility among our adversaries.” 

It was uncertain whom Trump’s threats were directed against, especially since Vladimir Putin has shown to be a close friend and ally. His comments were released by Joe Scarborough while presenting a Christmas-themed show, and Trump’s pick to be the incoming White House press secretary, Sean Spicer then added

“He’s going to ensure that other countries get the message that he’s not going to sit back and allow that. And what’s going to happen is they will come to their senses, and we will all be just fine.”

Transition spokesman Jason Miller tried to fix Trump’s declaration by declaring, according to The Washington Post

“President-elect Trump was referring to the threat of nuclear proliferation and the critical need to prevent it—particularly to and among terrorist organizations and unstable and rogue regimes. He has also emphasized the need to improve and modernize our deterrent capability as a vital way to pursue peace through strength.”

It seems that Trump has an idea on nuclear issues, while his team has others. While the president-elect clearly challenged the world to an arms race, his team is trying to explain that he actually meant an interest on preventing nuclear proliferation. Strategic ambiguity is something Trump is attracted to, although not very good at it; and this time he could be even moving the world forward towards a nuclear confrontation.

Featured image via Ethan Miller/Getty Images News

From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.
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