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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:13 - Updated Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:18

Trump says U.S. nuclear arsenal ?awesome? but needs upgrade

WASHINGTON-President Trump rejected a report Wednesday that he wants a ten-fold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, saying instead he wants to upgrade and modernize the current weapons stockpile.

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US PRESIDENT: Donald Trump

Photo: EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ

“I never discussed increasing it,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. “Right now we have so many nuclear weapons, I want them in perfect condition, perfect shape. That’s the only thing I’ve ever discussed.”

NBC News reported that the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson were present at the meeting and were “surprised” by Mr. Trump’s request. After explaining the complications of such a military buildup to the president, officials say there is no expansion planned at this time.

The president called the NBC report “fake news.”

“It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write,” Mr. Trump said.

He added, “When they said I want 10 times what we have right now, it’s totally unnecessary. I know what we have right now.”THE WASHINGTON TIMES.

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