US President-elect Donald Trump has said in an interview with MSNBC on Friday that “Let it be an arms race” when clarifying his plans to expand the US nuclear arsenal and capabilities.
“We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all,” the incoming president said following a tweet he made on Thursday where he emphasized that the US must “greatly strengthen and expand” its stock of atomic weapons until “the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
This came in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin comments that: “We need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defense systems.”
“We must carefully monitor any changes in the balance of power and in the political-military situation in the world, especially along Russian borders, and quickly adapt plans for neutralizing threats to our country,” he added.
“We can say with certainty – we are stronger now than any potential aggressor. Anyone!” the Russian president noted.