Sebastian Gorka Dismisses Rex Tillerson's Reassurances on North Korea

Posted August 13, 2017

Amid rapidly escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea-through state media, the North threatened to strike the USA territory of Guam Tuesday night-Trump tweeted two posts Wednesday that read, "My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before", he wrote on Twitter.

Mattis warned that any action by North Korea would be grossly overmatched by the United States and that while the United States is pursuing diplomatic solutions, the combined military power of America and its allies is the most robust on Earth.

Multiple parts of this tweet are incorrect.

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.

Humphrey said that Donald Trump should be relieved of the powers of the Presidency as soon as possible. In fact, the arsenal has significantly shrunk since the height of the Cold War.

That message has not matched up with Gorka's comments this week: the cable news fixture has doubled down Trump's saber-rattling, even comparing the current standoff to the Cuban missile crisis on Fox & Friends. "Absolutely not, no", Schwartz said.

While Trump said the nuclear arsenal was more powerful than ever before, USA officials say it takes decades to actually modernize nuclear weapons, a move already under way under President Barack Obama's administration, and there are treaties that regulate nuclear expansion. "And that's not a bad thing".

Trump doesn't say he's completed the act of renovating our arsenal - that takes way longer than 7 months - but he claims he began the process back in January.

Later in the day, on Fox News, Gorka said that he had been "admonishing the journalist" who, he said, had asked the top USA diplomat to make "the military case for action, when that is not the mandate of the Secretary of State". And that's not something unique to Trump's administration.

The congressman also noted that while Trump proposed increasing spending on nuclear weapons activities in his 2018 budget, the appropriations legislation necessary to fund those programs has not been approved by the Republican-controlled Congress.

So while Trump may have said before he took office that the US has to "strengthen and expand its nuclear capability", not much has truly happened on that front just yet, no matter what you read on Twitter.