President Trump says he hopes the U.S. never has to use its nuclear weapons.
The president took to Twitter this morning a day after threatening “fire and fury” against North Korea for continued threats.
“My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal,” Trump wrote.
“It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.”
While Trump says he wants to avoid a nuclear attack, he added, “there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary James Mattis is warning North Korea that it would be “grossly overmatched” in any conflict with the U.S. In a statement today, Mattis said the North “must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons.”
Listen to what Trump told Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” in 1999 about North Korea and nuclear force here.