Paul Manafort Denies That Trump Is Giddy to Use Nuclear Weapons: ‘It Didn’t Happen’

Paul ManafortTrump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort said that the report that Trump had repeatedly asked in a briefing why America couldn’t solve its problems with nuclear weapons was untrue.

Fox’s Jon Scott said that Trump was reported to have made the comments about nukes “in his security briefings,” although Joe Scarborough, who reported the anecdote Wednesday morning, said the interactions actually took place during an advisory session several months ago when a foreign policy expert met with Trump.

Manafort said it was “absolutely not true, and in fact those security briefings haven’t even started yet, that they were supposedly referencing.”

He added, “The idea that he’s looking at — trying to understand where to use nuclear weapons just didn’t happen. I was in the meeting. It didn’t happen.”

The security briefings alluded to in the exchange typically begin after the conventions. According to a separate report, intelligence officials are wary of sharing those security briefings with Trump because they don’t trust him.

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Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.

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