When asked about Trump's nuclear arsenal tweets, White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters told reporters to refer to an executive order the president signed early on in his term where he asked for the Nuclear Posture Review.
The tweets are a remarkable doubling down of the hostile rhetoric the president deployed yesterday from his working vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, which was a reaction to the North Korean threat, Trump said the U.S. would remain the most powerful country on earth.
But there is "more continuity than there is change" during the review, Kimball said, and no official guidance is offered until after the review is complete.
THE FACTS: Trump did order a new review of the USA nuclear posture, in an executive order in January.
Trump also initially proposed a 2018 budget that would cut $340 million from missile defense programs meant to deter a potential strike by North Korea, Iran or other countries. Un has also been defiant to worldwide law as he strives to make his country a nuclear power.
My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal.
Ironically, much of the modernization was set in motion under President Barack Obama, who was a lifelong opponent of nuclear weapons, negotiated New START and became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world's first nuclear attack by the United States in World War II.
"Literally nothing has happened in the last 201 days to increase the overall power of the U.S. nuclear arsenal", Schwartz said.
It is aimed at all three elements of the nuclear triad: Air Force bombers and Navy submarines capable of launching nuclear bombs and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Similarly, it is also premature for Mr. Trump to consider his proposed 11 percent increase to the National Nuclear Security Administration's budget a fait accompli. "It's just not possible", he said. And that's not something unique to Trump's administration.
Harrison also pointed out that the modernization of the nuclear arsenal began under Obama's administration as part of a deal he made with Senate Republicans to get the New START treaty ratified by the Senate. Under the New START treaty with Russian Federation that took effect in early 2011, Washington and Moscow have agreed to a limit of 1,550 total deployed weapons.