Putin and Trump Talk Up Need for More Nuclear Weapons

Putin and Trump Talk Up Need for More Nuclear Weapons, by Paul McCleary.

In a year-end speech to his top military officers on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin … [declared] … “We can say with certainty: we are stronger now than any potential aggressor,” he proclaimed. “Anyone.”

He also made a pitch for bigger and badder nuclear weapons. Putin said Moscow must “strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defence systems.”

Putin’s remarks came just ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s own nuclear musings… [who] … tweeted his intention to overturn two decades of bipartisan U.S. policy to reduce the country’s nuclear stockpiles.

“The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes,” he tweeted.