The nuclear arsenal of the United States is in “tippy-top shape,” President Donald Trump declared while speaking alongside Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in the White House on Friday.
Trump told reporters that a war with Iran would be a “severe form of winning” and that he hopes sanctions will work.
However, Trump falsely blamed former President Barack Obama for leaving the military with “no ammunition.”
“I’ve rebuilt the military,” Trump told reporters. “Uh, we’ve uh, Scott and I were talking about that. We’ve spent $1.5 trillion dollars. When I came in, our military was depleted. Frankly, we didn’t have ammunition. Okay? But our military was in very bad shape. We’ve rebuilt the military.”
Trump praised the US military, saying its nuclear weapons have recently been renewed, blaming his predecessor for not spending the “money” on nuclear weapons upgrades.
“What we’ve done for our military in the last three years is incredible,” Trump boasted. “All made in the USA by the way. And, uh, it’s really incredible. Our nuclear was getting very tired. They hadn’t spent the money on it,” Trump claimed.
“And now we have it in as we would say tippy-top shape, tippy top,” he said.
“Its uh, we have new and we have renovated and it’s incredible. And we should all pray that we never have to use it,” he added.
Trump for the second time today brings up the possibility of initiating nuclear strikes pic.twitter.com/oLOyCnUB3n
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“Our military itself is in phenomenal shape,” he claimed.
At a campaign rally in Rio Rancho, N.M., on Monday, Trump also blamed President Obama for leaving the military, which had a budget of over $500 billion in 2016, with “no ammunition.”
“I told this story for the first time today. A general came into my office in my first few weeks – you remember it was a little dangerous out there,” he told the crowd.
“President Obama left us with a few beauties, right?” Trump said as the crowd erupted in loud boos for the former president.
Trump continued: “And I said to this general, ‘You better be prepared because this is looking like it could really be conflict.’ And he looked at me and he goes, ‘Sir, we have very little ammunition.’ I said, ‘Say it again.’ ”
“And I want to tell you the words very little, he didn’t use because it was less than that. And I said I never want to see a president in a position like that where we may have conflict and a general looks at him and said we have very little, slash, no ammunition. I never want a president of the United States to be in that position,” he added.
Trump claims that the United States had "very little, slash, no ammunition" when he took office. Seriously. He wants his fans to believe this. pic.twitter.com/P30B8m9Sxh
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Hours earlier, Trump told reporters a story about how one of his advisers discouraged military action against an unnamed country due to low “ammunition” he inherited from the Obama administration.
“I’m not blaming anybody,” the president explained. “But that is what he told me. Because we were in a position where with a certain country, I won’t say which one, we may have had conflict. And he said to me, sir, if you could delay it because we’re very low on ammunition. And I said, you know what, general, I never want to hear that again from another general.”
“No president should ever, ever hear that statement, we’re low on ammunition. And we now have more ammunition, more missiles, more rockets, more tanks. We have more of in everything than we’ve had before,” he added, before pausing to praise the F-16 fighter jet.
Trump concluded: “So we are very high on ammunition now. That is a story I’ve never told before. Breaking news. But we were very low. I could even say it stronger. I don’t want to say no ammunition but that gets a lot closer.”
Trump puts words in Mattis's mouth, says that when he took office, Mattis told him, "'Sir, we're very low on ammunition' … and I said, you know what? General, I never want to hear that again from another general. Not president should ever, ever hear that statement." pic.twitter.com/u8kSSqT9bb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 16, 2019