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.”

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“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.

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  1. I should propose myself as an adviser on weaponry to Trump 😉
    First, Trump doesn’t need to begin to burn money in an arms race about nukes. Why? This is simple :
    – It’s freaking expensive
    – Putin plans improvements that have already be done by either US or Frenchs in this domain : stealth cruise missiles and stealth MIRVs.
    – One thing is clear : neither US nor Russia need to extend the number of their warheads : they already got more than enough to make sure there won’t be a WW4! A single Trident submarine can erase a continent alone…
    – It’s actually the US who are violating the non-proliferation treaties, not Russia.
    – Putin won’t enter a competition to whom pisses higher, he’s not Brezhnev!
    – Trump would be much more advised to respect the treaties as these, by guaranteeing the balance between US and Russia were in fact good at effectively minimising the risks of any envy of first strike
    – Agreement should be made to avoid stupid brinkmanship games as we’ve seen before the US election : doing the chicken game with nuke isn’t clever, it was very near to turn mushroomy already at least two times and every time due to NATO games, once by cornering a Russian sub which was very near to fire nuke torpedoes on the US fleet, the 2nd time in 1983 when some genius had the wonderful idea to make a realistic DEFCON1 dril in Europe, so realistic that soviets actually believed that NATO was about to launch a nuclear attack.
    IMHO, Trump will have to learn a lot about defence, take care not to follow ideas of military-industrial complex and warmongers and not to over-react.
    His security councellor being the former boss of DIA, he may be a precious asset. Had he been listened to, ISIL would have been terminated as far as 2012.