Trump Terrifyingly Doubles Down on His Threat of a Nuclear Arms Race
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were discussing Trump's nuclear tweeting in their pajamas, two days before Christmas on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
In an attempt to clarify the tweet yesterday regarding the nuclear arsenal, MSNBC spoke with Donald Trump over the phone.
The United States "must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes," Trump had said.
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1482425430.0
The president-elect did not have a reassuring response, however.
"Let it be an arms race we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all and outlast them all," he told Brzezinski.
Similar to Trump's affect on companies like Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the stock market mirrored Trump's sentiment.
"Shares of uranium producers and a nuclear fuel technology company have jumped on Trump's comments with Uranium Resources Inc, Uranium Energy Corp, Cameco Corp and Lightbridge Corp all trading higher on Friday," Reuters reported.
Scarborough proposed that Trump's tweet may be a salvo aimed at Russia.
"The question now that the president-elect has said, 'Let it be an arms race, we will match them all,' we really have to ask the question is that his opening bid, is that a message he's trying to send Vladimir Putin? Do we put this in the same category as the 40 percent tariffs against China—sort of a tough opening line—or is it going to be policy?" Scarborough asked, speculating that maybe Trump "wants to keep the world off-balance."
Which is scary.