Trump's promise to begin a nuclear arms race is incredibly concerning for the entire globe, and we hope that Senator Sanders and others will do more in the future to protect the nation from such unsafe outcomes.
Sanders was responding to Trump's late-night tweet in which he indicated that under his control, the USA would enter into an arms race with any nation that steps up, a risky comment that made many fear for the future.
"The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes", Trump's tweet read.
"Mika asked the president-elect while we had the opportunity what his position was on trying to clarify the tweet yesterday regarding the nuclear arsenal, and the president-elect told you what?" co-host Joe Scarborough said. "We could be talking about a return to the Cold War here when the threat of a nuclear catastrophe was very real".
Minutes after Mr. Trump's follow up remarks were reported on MSNBC, his secretary Sean Spicer said in several television interviews that there would be no arms race because the President-elect would make sure that other countries trying to step up their nuclear capabilities, such as Russian Federation and China, would decide not to participate.
"He's going to ensure that other countries get the message that he's not going to sit back and allow that", Spicer told NBC.
At to start with, after his Thursday tweet, Trump's own supporters had attempted to make light of what it implied.
He also suggested that "better off" other countries that are traditionally U.S. allies, including Japan and South Korea, should have nuclear capabilities, to make them less dependent on Washington.