While everyone is reporting on yet another one of Donald Trump’s crazy tweets, we need to pay attention to something very, very important. He just copied the exact messaging of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
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 (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
However, not even 24 hours prior to that extraordinarily dangerous tweet, Putin called for a nuclear weapons boost.
According to Yahoo News:
In a speech that recapped military activities in 2016, Putin said the army’s preparedness has “considerably increased” and called for continued improvement that would ensure it can “neutralise any military threat”.
“We need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defence systems,” the Kremlin strongman said.
“We must carefully monitor any changes in the balance of power and in the political-military situation in the world, especially along Russian borders, and quickly adapt plans for neutralising threats to our country.”
Both the United States and Russia currently have enormous nuclear programs already in place, leading the entire world by an incredible amount. The fact that both the president-elect of the United States and the president of Russia delivered the same message at the same time may be happenstance, but it certainly doesn’t seem that way.
Either Trump heard what Putin said and wanted to play a tough guy and say the same thing, or Putin may in fact be behind the messaging. We really don’t know. However, the fact that both messages came within 24 hours of each other should alarm the entire world.
Having two men with fragile egos desperate to prove how tough they are in charge of nuclear weapons isn’t only scary, it’s potentially catastrophic.
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