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‘There Is Not Going to Be’ an Arms Race: Spicer Already at Odds With Trump’s Nuclear Comments

Despite the fact that this morning on MSNBC President-elect Donald Trump via Mika Brzezinski said, “Let it be an arms race, we will outmatch them at every pass. And outlast them all,” his newly-named White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer minutes later was busy clarifying Trump’s comments.

Spicer was speaking with TODAY’s Matt Lauer, who pressed about Trump’s commentary both Thursday in the form of a Tweet and again Friday morning. Lauer said pointedly, “If this is the result — let there be an arms race — we will match them at every turn. Is he preparing for an arms race?”

Spicer tried to clarify what the soon-to-be Commander in Chief actually meant. “Other countries need to be put on notice that he is not going to sit back and allow them to undermine our safety, our sovereignty. He is going to match other countries and take action,” he said.

But Lauer wouldn’t relent over Trump’s comments, which come just a day after he announced on Twitter “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

Lauer pushed, “Was this a knee-jerk reaction?” following up with, “If there is going to be an arms race…”

Immediately, Spicer — who will be our nation’s 30th Press Secretary when Trump takes office next month — interrupted Lauer to say, “There is not going to be [an arms race].”

“He says, so be it, we will match them at every turn,” countered Lauer.

“But there’s not going to be because he is going to ensure other countries get the message he is not going to sit back and allow that. What’s going to happen is they will all comes to the senses and we will all be just fine,” responded Spicer remarkably.

We will all be just fine.

Watch above via the NBC TODAY Show.

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