Trump Accuses NBC of Misquoting Him on Nuclear Buildup

Seeks to Emphasize Call for World to 'Come to Its Senses'

President-elect Donald Trump angrily condemned NBC News as “dishonest” in comments over the weekend, insisting the media outlet had “deliberately” misquoted him on his call to dramatically escalate America’s building of nuclear weapons.

It’s unclear exactly where Trump’s complain comes from, as he insisted that his call for the US to “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capabilities until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes” didn’t include the part about the world coming to its senses, though NBC repeatedly covered the quote in its entirety.

It may, however, reflect the overall coverage of his call for a buildup, including his comments after the fact calling for “an arms race” with Russia, and an eagerness to dial back his own position by emphasizing the ambiguous caveat about the world coming to its senses.

Trump’s calls for increased nuclear weapons have drawn new attention to comments he made way back in 1987 on a “plan” for global disarmament. The plan, such as it was, was for the US and the former Soviet Union to conspire to threaten the rest of the world into giving their entire nuclear arsenals up under threats of lost aid and diplomatic repercussions. Trump added that he believed if the US and the Soviets could cause “riots” in the other nuclear countries they’d eventually agree to submit and disarm.

Trump hasn’t addressed the scheme since, though it would seem to run afoul of his current pledges to give Israel, one of the nuclear-armed states in question, massive increases in aid. It doesn’t seem like trying to cause riots with aid cuts is on the agenda anymore.

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Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.

  • eric

    If you want to know what Trump said you have to talk to Kelly Anna She talks to Trump And She can explain what Trump meant so we can understand it . I think she may also have to explain to Trump what he meant to say too . Trump also talks to his cabinet But I have learned nothing is really official until it comes out of Kelly Anna’s mouth the second time ..She is a real blessing to this country Trump can thank God for that lady . With out her Trump would probably be toast already .

    • Kellyanne is a propagandist. She’s not telling you what Trump “meant”. Even he can’t tell you that. She’s simply polishing his latest turd for human consumption.

  • eric

    I would not be surprised if Trump could not even place a straight row of bricks as building contractor . But he can sure find people that would . And I think if you want answers now you should wait until after the question has been run by Kelly Anna and the Trump cabinet . don’t expect Trump to answer his best right away he is only the Boss but not the politician

    • curmudgeonvt

      Who the ‘ell is Kelly Anna?

      • CJ
        • curmudgeonvt

          perhaps you should inform our local hasbara-ist, eric.

          • CJ

            I have rarely encountered anyone who can twist words and meanings like Kellyanne. Reminds me of the old definition of “politician” as someone who can tell you to go to Hell and make it sound so good you can’t wait to take the trip.

          • curmudgeonvt

            I make it policy not to listen to anything she has to say.

  • lemur

    I think it’s safe to say that Obama’s Gay Scheme to “upgrade” the arsenal at the tune of a trillion dollars (which means 2 trillion dollars and some more plutonium showing up in your drinkwater) seems to not be under threat. Well we will see when the next “financial” crisis hits.