When Donald Trump is sworn-in later today he will take control of 1400 nuclear warheads. This is raising concerns in Washington as they fear he is too “easily baited.”
In a recent tweet, Trump wrote, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes”
A letter signed by ten former nuclear launch officers warned the incoming president was not up to the job.
It read, “The pressures the system places on that one person are staggering and require enormous composure, judgment, restraint and diplomatic skill. Donald Trump does not have these leadership qualities. On the contrary, he has shown himself time and again to be easily baited and quick to lash out, dismissive of expert consultation and ill-informed of even basic military and international affairs – including, most especially, nuclear weapons.”
Since his election win, he said he would welcome another arms race with Russia or other nations and has called for an expansion in America’s nuclear arsenal. This brought him strong criticism as it would appear Trump would end international non-proliferation policies on nuclear weapons.
He has since stepped down from this position but critics point out there is still issues to be worried about.
Rick Perry Inexperienced
Trump’s choice to run the Department of Energy, Rick Perry is said to be under-equipped for the role. The department monitors the countries stockpile of nuclear weapons. In his hearing on Thursday, he spent most of it apologising for trying to scrap the department five years ago.
Mike Breen, CEO of the Truman National Security Project said, “On the basis of Governor Perry’s complete lack of experience in dealing with the most devastating weapons in the world – the nuclear arsenal of the United States – we overwhelmingly object to his nomination to the position of Energy Secretary.”
Whether the fears will be justified remains to be seen. At least nuclear weapons are harder to launch than nukes.