He just wants to roll back every single thing President Obama did so that four, eight years down the road, Obama can't look at this country and say, oh, that was the program I put in place, because Donald Trump wants to destroy it all.
It's unclear what Trump meant when he said that the nuclear arsenal is stronger than before. And Trump responded Tuesday by saying that such action would be met with "fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before". However, the ProgressPolls' Twitter account is followed by an overwhelming majority of Trump supporters as well as conservatives.
Although Trump's retweet does not show that he is more popular than Obama, it does further reinforce the suggestion that he is "obsessed" with his predecessor.
By virtually any measure, however, the US nuclear arsenal is smaller and less powerful than it was at its Cold War peak.
As for the Navy, its aircraft carriers no longer carry tactical nuclear weapons, nor do its surface warships carry nuclear-capable cruise missiles. The Air Force and Navy have the fewest strategic bombers and submarines ever, carrying fewer weapons than they ever did. I would like Russian Federation, the United States and China and Pakistan and many other countries that have nuclear weapons [to] get rid of them.
The most generous assessment of the claim is that President Trump has initiated what's known as a "Nuclear Posture Review", which is simply a periodic study of the current state of the arsenal and how it might be appropriately updated to meet current threats.
In addition, the US military is limited in how many weapons can be deployed under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signed in 2010. Since September 2009, when the United States announced that the nuclear arsenal contained 5,113 warheads, the stockpile has decreased by 633. Each ship was built to accommodate 24 missiles but will have four of its tubes permanently made useless as the US complies with New START. The number of USA deployed strategic warheads has decreased since September 1, 2016.
"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal", the president wrote shortly before 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
The South Korean capital, Seoul, is home to roughly 10-million people and within range of massed North Korean rockets and artillery, which would be impossible to destroy in a first United States strike.