Trump aide slams Tillerson's comments on North Korea

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

"Today (Wednesday) over Twitter, Trump revealed that his first order as president had been to upgrade the US" nuclear arsenal, yet added that he hopes it will never be needed. His claim of the credit is entirely unjustified. The last serious U.S.

While Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea not to threaten the USA and spoke of meeting the North with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", Tillerson on Wednesday played down those comments and said Trump "just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S.'s unquestionable ability to defend itself".

Probably not helping Trump's fragile ego this week was the news that the IL legislature recently passed a law naming Obama's birthday, August 4, "Barack Obama Day" across the state.

He says this was his "first order" as president.

THE FACTS: Trump did order a new review of the US nuclear posture, in an executive order in January.

But the review isn't complete.

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An analysis from the Defense Intelligence Agency also found that the country will produce intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of hitting the continental U.S. But he's kidding himself - or misleading Americans - that much has changed in the nuclear arsenal since he took office 200 days ago. The primary difference is there are actually fewer ICBMs now after a planned reduction that was directed by Obama.

The remarks by Trump aide Sebastian Gorka to the BBC came after media criticism that the Trump administration - the president as well as Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis - had offered mixed messages as tension rose over North Korea's nuclear program. Congress has been taking steps to safeguard some of that funding.

The Associated Press documented a range of problems in the Minuteman 3 missile force starting in 2013, including numerous morale, training, discipline and leadership shortfalls that have beset the nuclear force in recent years, especially among those who operate, maintain and protect the weapons.

After Obama took office in 2008, his Justice Department indicted six individuals for leaking classified information to the media, twice as many as all prior administrations combined.

North Korea's weapons program has developed significantly since then. Instead of the silo-based interceptors being used, some argue a more fruitful approach would be to destroy or disable such missiles before they can be launched, possibly by cyberattack.

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