Donald Trump, the President of United States, declared that he will expand the US nuclear arsenal in “far, far in excess of anybody else.” In his speech, Trump said that “we’re going to have the strongest military we’ve ever had by far.” He also claimed that he would increase the country’s arsenals of “virtually every weapon,” including a “brand new nuclear force”.
“We will always be number one in that category, certainly as long as I’m president. We’re going to be far, far in excess of anybody else,” Trump told the reporters. He said that this is a response to other countries’ decision to increase their nuclear stockpiles. According to the critics, Trump referred to North Korea, which is using nuclear weapons and missiles.
“Frankly, we have to do it because others are doing it,” said the president. “If they stop, we’ll stop, but they’re not stopping. So if they’re not going to stop, we’re going to be so far ahead of everybody else in nuclear like you’ve never seen before.”
A letter was written by more than 150 retired U.S. generals, admirals, and more than 1,200 veterans, and was sent to the president. In the letter they asked him not to slash spending on diplomacy. “Today’s crises do not have military solutions alone,” the veterans wrote.
“We call on you to ensure our nation also has the civilian resources necessary to protect our national security, compete against our adversaries, and create opportunities around the world,” they added.