David Axelrod on Trump: When You Press Send on a Nuke, ‘There’s No Deleting’ It
— New Day (@NewDay) December 23, 2016
Yesterday, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to set nerves on edge by declaring that the United States needed to strengthen and expand its nuclear weapons capability. Besides it flying in the face of decades of American policy regarding nuclear nonproliferation, Trump also appeared to be parroting remarks made by Vladimir Putin on strengthening the nuclear arsenal.
In response to Trump’s nuclear policy by tweet, former Obama adviser David Axelrod appeared on CNN’s New Day to give his take. Speaking to co-hosts Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camrerota, the CNN political commentator noted that the incoming POTUS made controversial comments about nukes during the campaign, claiming South Korea and Japan should perhaps have the weapons and wondering why America has them if they aren’t prepared to use them.
Highlighting that past presidents since John F. Kennedy has pushed towards nonproliferation and that the United States has the capacity to “destroy the planet a thousand times over,” Axelrod wondered what signal Trump is sending the world now.
The veteran Democratic strategist brought up how the majority of voters on Election Day still questioned Trump’s temperament and then compared the President-elect’s Twitter habits to having the nuclear codes.
“Right now, he sends a tweet, we talk about it and we move on,” Axelrod said. “But in 28 days, he’s going to have control of the nuclear arsenal and when you press send on one of those, there’s no deleting the account — there’s no deleting the tweet or attack.”
During this morning broadcast of Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski reported that Trump told her, “Let it be an arms race, we will outmatch them at every pass. And outlast them all.” This came as his team was trying to clean up the comments, saying that Trump was just trying to clarify that he wanted to modernize the country’s capability. (This despite President Obama having already authorized a trillion-dollar program to do just that.)
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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