It was Trump's desire to build more nuclear weapons that led at least two senior members of his cabinet to call him an "idiot" or "fucking idiot," including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson respectively.
The White House has vaguely denied various reports that Trump wants to build more nuclear weapons or that it prompted anyone to say he's an idiot, but the Huffington Post has obtained a draft copy of the upcoming Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and it calls for building more nuclear weapons.
More specifically, the draft of the NPR calls for building low-yield nuclear weapons that are more practical for use.
The final version of the NPR is scheduled to be released in February. [...] A Defense Department spokesperson declined to comment on the draft, saying that the agency “will not discuss pre-decisional drafts of the document.”
In October, NBC reported that President Trump had told a gathering of high-ranking national security leaders that “he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.” While the report doesn’t nearly go that far, it does call for the development of new, so-called low-yield nuclear weapons — warheads with a lower explosive force.
Nuclear Lite sounds like a less-filling beer, but it still has alcohol in it.
That is to say, deploying a nuclear weapon would be devastating even if it were a small nuclear weapon.
The good news is there's virtually no chance Congress will ever fund this. I mean, even if Congress wanted to, there's money left for it, remember? The GOP just signed away the next decade in their tax cuts. Developing and deploying new nuclear weapons could cost hundreds of billions to trillions.
Don't we need that money for Trump's fake infrastructure plan?