Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) didn’t mince words on Friday afternoon when he responded to Donald Trump’s recent tweets about nuclear weapons.
“Congress must not allow the Tweeter in Chief to unleash a dangerous and costly nuclear arms race,” Sanders nailed the president-elect.
Congress must not allow the Tweeter in Chief to unleash a dangerous and costly nuclear arms race. https://t.co/YYdlo3tSoa
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 23, 2016
“We are spending hundreds of billions of dollars maintaining 5,000 nuclear weapons. I think we need major reform in the military making it more cost effective but also focusing on the real crisis that faces us,” Sanders said in Iowa in November 2015.
Former Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan George Shultz explained in his book that nuclear weapons are the gravest threat to the world.
“Their effect in preventing wars has been overrated and reports of the damage they cause tend to be brushed aside…to depend on nuclear deterrence indefinitely into the future, especially when other means of deterrence are available, is foolhardy.”
Trump tweeted this week that the U.S must “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability.” Trump also told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski in a phone call, “let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”