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Military expert explains what Putin is doing with his arms build-up — and it will scare the hell out of you

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday afternoon, the editor of a publication that examines military capabilities broke down Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent speech on expanding his country’s reach with nuclear weapons, and then painted a frightening portrait of a new Cold War that could heat up quickly with President Trump in the Oval Office.

Speaking with host Alex Witt, Defense One executive editor Kevin Baron was asked about Putin’s recent presentation that showed Russian missiles raining down on Florida.

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“Vladimir Putin made a presentation, touting his country’s weapons capability, saying they’re able to evade U.S. defenses,” Witt began. “One animation showed warheads raining down on Florida. When you look at this animation, where does the truth lie in this? Is Putin able to evade U.S. defenses? Could he be able to send missiles to Florida?”

“One thing that’s drawn attention is he shows missiles coming over the United States not over the North Pole, but over the South Pole,” Baron explained. “Nuclear experts tell us America’s missile defenses are aimed to the north, up in Alaska and only a few in California. So if he gets this new technology and rolls it out, these are longer range missiles and they’re able to steer themselves in flight, which makes them not just ballistic, but cruise missiles.”

“It all adds up to Putin saying if we’re going to go there, we’re going to go there, he’s coming out guns a’blazing,” he continued.

Asked if Putin is bluffing, Baron said there was more to be concerned about.

“He’s saying that these are things that the Russians are developing, including an underwater drone that can be launched from a submarine carrying an under-sea nuclear weapon, he responded before getting to the meat of the matter. “The point why this is so important is, we haven’t heard this kind of thing, really, since the Cold War. This is the opposite of reduction, it’s the opposite of a new start and any kind of arms control.”

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“And Putin says it’s his response to Trump,” he warned. “Trump, in the campaign, said if he wants an arms race, let there be an arms.”

“The United States and Russia have each about 1500 to 1800 warheads, hundreds of ways to deliver those warheads by submarines, bombers and missiles,” he added. “This goes beyond current restrictions and, according to Putin, he’s just trying to defend their interests. These are always considered defensive deterrents from the Americans from pushing him back. and the other way around.”

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Franklin Graham blamed sinners for the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.

Host Jeanine Pirro noted the growing death toll and wondered how God could let that happen.

"Well, I don't think it's God's plan for this to happen," Graham said.

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"Man has turned his back on God, we have sinned against him, and we need to ask for God's forgiveness and that's what Easter's all about," he continued.

"This pandemic, this is the result of a fallen world that has turned its back on God," he added.

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Trump warns of ‘tough week’ ahead — after the United States surpassed 300,000 coronavirus victims

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As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain.

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