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Trump Reportedly Asked Pentagon Officials For 10 Times More U.S. Nukes

At the July 20 meeting in the Pentagon that reportedly prompted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call President Trump a “moron,” Trump told the assembled military and national security leaders that he wanted “what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal,” NBC News reported Wednesday, citing “three officials who were in the room.” Trump had just been shown a slide charting the decline in the number of America’s nuclear weapons since the late 1960s, from about 32,000 nukes to some 4,000 warheads today. The request to return to 1960s levels surprised and rattled Trump’s advisers and Pentagon officials, who explained the legal and practical obstacles to such an increase and why it’s unnecessary.

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