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Trump: US should take ‘strong reinforcement of the” nuclear capacity

  • President-elect Donald Trump takes a question from a member of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Trump on Thursday abruptly called for the United States “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity” to the rest of the world “comes to its senses” with regard to nuclear weapons. Trump said on Twitter and not to expand on the actions that he wants the US to take or the problems he sees in the world. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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  • President-elect, Donald Trump, second from left, appears from admirals and generals of the pentagon, in the foreground after a meeting of the Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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  • President-elect, Donald Trump, right, speaks to members of the media after a meeting with the admirals and generals of the Pentagon and the Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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PALM BEACH, Fla. – President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly called for the United States “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity” to the rest of the world “comes to its senses” with regard to nuclear weapons.

Trump said on Twitter and not to expand on the actions that he wants the US to take or the problems he sees in the world. His comments came one day after a meeting with the incoming White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump to the transition of the website he says, “recognizes the unique and catastrophic threat of nuclear weapons and cyber attacks,” adding that he is the modernisation of the nuclear arsenal “to ensure it remains an effective deterrent.” Outside of that, he offered very few details, either as a candidate or during the transition.

Trump’s overcome campaign rival Hillary Clinton repeatedly cast Republican to be capricious and unpredictable to the control of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Ten former nuclear missile launch operators also wrote that Trump lacks the temperament, judgment and diplomatic skill to prevent the nuclear war.

Trump was spending Thursday on his own estate in South Florida, where he is meeting with consultants, and interviewing potential Cabinet nominees. He is also building his White House staff, the announcement of that campaign manager Kellyanne Conway together with him in the West Wing as a counselor.

Conway, a longtime Republican pollster, is widely credited with helping to lead him to victory. She is also a frequent guest on television news programs.

Trump called Conway “a tireless and indefatigable advocate of my agenda.”

The president-elect spent part of the week to discuss the national security, including the deadly attack on a christmas market in Germany. He called the violence an “attack on humanity” and seemed to suggest a willingness to move forward with his campaign promise to create a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants come to the United States.

Trump proposed the Islamic prohibition in the Republican primary campaign, drawing sharp criticism from both parties. During the general elections, he shifted his rhetoric to focus on the temporary cessation of immigration from an unspecified list of countries with ties to terrorism, although he does not reject the Islamic prohibition, which is still clearly visible on his campaign website.

The president-elect, when asked Wednesday if the attack in Berlin would be for him to evaluate the proposed ban or a possible registry of the Muslims in the United States, said, “You know my plans. All together, I have been proven to be right, 100 percent correct.”

“What’s happening now is a disgrace,” said Trump, who considered the violence “an attack on humanity,” and added, “this must be stopped.”

A transition spokesman said later Wednesday that Trump’s plans “could destroy that with their head stuck in the politically correct sand.”

“President-elect Trump’s clear that we suspend the admission of countries with high terrorism rates, and applying a strict vetting procedure for those who item in order to protect American lives,” spokesman Jason Miller said. But the transition of officials will not comment on whether Trump could also press for the umbrella prohibition on Muslims.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack in Berlin that left 12 dead and 48 wounded. On Wednesday, German officials launched a Europe-wide manhunt for a “violent and armed Tunisian man suspected in the killings.

Conway said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday that Trump is “the guy says we need extreme clarification of the policy, we need to have a better system vis a vis countries that train, the port and the export of terrorists.”

“He said that during the campaign, long after he was originally intended that this would be more strictly bound to countries of which we know that they have a history of terrorism, and that this is not a complete ban,” she added.

Trump, who addressed journalists on Wednesday for less than two minutes outside his palatial South Florida estate, said he has not spoken to President Barack Obama since the attack.

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