Trump denies seeking almost tenfold increase in U.S. nuclear arsenal

Trump, long obsessed with nuclear weapons, wants 28000 more

U.S. President Donald Trump is denying a Wednesday report that he asked for a tenfold increase in the country's nuclear arsenal during a Pentagon meeting in July.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied a report from NBC News that he told his national security advisers in July he wanted to increase the country's nuclear arsenal by almost tenfold, saying he argued for its modernisation.

Although US presidents have modernised weapon stockpiles over the years, any meaningful addition to the nuclear arsenal would violate treaty agreements.

NBC reported Wednesday that Trump made the comments on July 20 in response to a briefing slide that showed a steady decrease in the U.S.'s nuclear weapons since the 1960s. "Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve".

Trump has been pushing back against a recent NBC News story that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson considered resigning during the summer and that Tillerson had called Trump a "moron."

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According to the network, Mr Trump had been shown a slide that showed the steady reduction of U.S. nukes since the late sixties, in line with post-cold war treaties.

"The July 20 meeting was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense review of worldwide US forces and operations", NBC reported. But I want modernisation and I want total rehabilitation. "It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump was a "moron". Pure fiction, made up to demean.

Speaking at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit Wednesday morning, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway said she does not treat the press as an enemy and does not use the term "fake news".

The license Trump refers to is that granted by the Federal Communications Commission. During his presidential campaign, Trump said a number of alarming things about nuclear strikes.

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