Tillerson 'Moron' Comment Followed Trump's Call for Massive Nuclear Buildup

12 October, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military

President Donald Trump told the nation's highest ranking security leaders this past summer that he wanted to increase the US nuclear arsenal by almost 10 times, according to a new report Wednesday.

Trump was discussing a report by NBC News, saying it was fake. Mr. Trump tweeted. "Bad for country!"

Trump was angered after NBC News reported he had asked to dramatically increase in America's nuclear stockpile, calling it "made up". We've all grown quite accustomed to Trump's posturing, but that doesn't make his antics any easier to defend.

Last week the Nobel Peace Prize went to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which has openly criticized Trump - and Kim - for making radioactive threats.

After the briefing, the secretary of state is alleged to have called Trump a "moron", although Rex Tillerson's spokeswoman has denied that allegation.

Trump's reported interest in massively increasing America's nuclear arsenal also drew widespread criticism, despite his denials.

Also at the meeting were Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, Vice Chairman Gen. Paul Selva, Undersecretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, then-chief strategist Stephen Bannon, then-Chief of Staff, Jared Kushner, then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and Keith Schiller, director of Oval Office Operations at the time, NBC reports. Trump said he believed the report of Tillerson's insult was "fake news" but nevertheless challenged Tillerson to an IQ test during an interview with Forbes published earlier this week.

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Trump decried the story as fake, but Tillerson declined to explicitly reject the claim.

As it turns out, Trump's comment on NBC was one more inaccurate tweet.

"The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press", Gordon Smith, the CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters and a former Republican senator, told The Hill.

"Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the US nuclear arsenal are absolutely false", the Mattis statement said.

The license Trump refers to is that granted by the Federal Communications Commission.

North Korea's foreign minister has said Donald Trump "has lit the wick of a war", according to a Russian state news agency.

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