'Morning Joe' Host: Time for Congress 'To Put Checks' on Trump's Ability to Launch a Nuclear War

CNS News | 10/11/2017 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump's dedicated naysayers at MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday stoked fears that the president is determined to lead the United States into nuclear war.

Anchors Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough referenced an exclusive NBC report that says Trump, at a Pentagon meeting in July, "said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal."

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Trump reportedly called for the increase after he was shown a slide depicting the steady reduction in U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s.

NBC, citing "three officials who were in the room," said Trump's advisers, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, "were surprised" by the president's request and by his failure to understand "the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup."

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It was after that Pentagon meeting that Tillerson called Trump a moron, NBC reported.

With great solemnity, host Joe Scarborough said: "And now I think it's up to Congress to figure out a way to actually slow down the process, in any way possible, to put checks on this man's ability to launch a nuclear war that could end up destroying a good part of this earth."

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Liberal activists have made similar calls recently, in the press and by petition, to remove Trump’s authority in the nuclear arena.

Carol Lee, one of the reporters who wrote the exclusive NBC story, was asked if Trump seemed intent on actually using nuclear weapons:

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"You know, that wasn't necessarily -- when you talked to people, it was more that um, he just wanted more of everything, let's just be the biggest and the best,” Lee responded.

“And it wasn't necessarily drawing that link that we then will use all these weapons, but it was a very -- we are starting to see this picture emerge of this president. He thinks in these dimensions, let's be...
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