Trump Is Upset That He Has Fewer Nuclear Bombs Than Obama

Sigh. I suppose I have to post this report from NBC News. Apparently our commander-in-chief was upset to learn that America’s nuclear force is smaller than it was in the 60s:

Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve….Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the build-up. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.

The July 20 meeting was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense review of worldwide U.S. forces and operations. It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump is a “moron.”

….[Trump’s] comments raised questions about his familiarity with the nuclear posture and other issues, officials said.

How dangerous is it to have a president with no clue about how the military works? He doesn’t know what the nuclear triad is. He doesn’t realize that we’ve been negotiating down nuclear stockpiles for decades. He casually threatens nuclear war against North Korea. He thinks the army should have “surrounded” Iraq’s oil. He kept turning down the Pentagon’s ISIS plans because he couldn’t stand the thought of doing pretty much the same thing as Barack Obama.

Tillerson actually called Trump a “fucking moron.” This is a case where I think truncating the quote produces a real loss of fidelity to the truth.

A BETTER WAY TO DO THIS?

We have an ambitious $350,000 online fundraising goal this month and we can't afford to come up short. But when a reader recently asked how being a nonprofit makes Mother Jones different from other news organizations, we realized we needed to lay this out better: Because "in absolutely every way" is essentially the answer.

So we tried to explain why your year-end donations are so essential, and we'd like your help refining our pitch about what make Mother Jones valuable and worth reading to you.

We'd also like your support of our journalism with a year-end donation if you can right now—all online gifts will be doubled until we hit our $350,000 goal thanks to an incredibly generous donor's matching gift pledge.

payment methods

A BETTER WAY TO DO THIS?

We have an ambitious $350,000 online fundraising goal this month and we can't afford to come up short. But when a reader recently asked how being a nonprofit makes Mother Jones different from other news organizations, we realized we needed to lay this out better: Because "in absolutely every way" is essentially the answer.

So we tried to explain why your year-end donations are so essential, and we'd like your help refining our pitch about what make Mother Jones valuable and worth reading to you.

We'd also like your support of our journalism with a year-end donation if you can right now—all online gifts will be doubled until we hit our $350,000 goal thanks to an incredibly generous donor's matching gift pledge.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate