Rhodes's remark was in response to a tweet from Trump earlier Wednesday regarding the escalating tension with Pyongyang. North Korea is run by grade-A blusterers who say insane shit all the time, so it's possible that they don't want to hit that giant red LAUNCH button any more than the rest of the civilized world.
"Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!" However, the ProgressPolls' Twitter account is followed by an overwhelming majority of Trump supporters as well as conservatives. "It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before", he wrote.
While the US has daunting nuclear power, the Pentagon's program has been beset with morale, training, discipline and resource problems.
Tens of thousands of United States troops remain stationed in South Korea and in nearby Japan, the only country to have been attacked with nuclear weapons.
Japanese fighters conducted joint air drills with USA supersonic bombers in Japanese skies close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday, Japan's Air Self Defence Force said.
Today, the United States has a total of roughly 4,480 nuclear weapons, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' "Nuclear Notebook", of which roughly 1,740 are deployed.
According to The Hill, Trump was apparently referring to the Nuclear Posture Review, a legislatively mandated examination of American nuclear capabilities and strategy.
He did not order the modernization of the nuclear arsenal. Each ship was built to accommodate 24 missiles but will have four of its tubes permanently made useless as the USA complies with New START. The first order I gave to my generals, as you know, my first order was I want this, our nuclear arsenal, to be the biggest and the finest in the world.
The ships are approaching the end of their service lives, however, and the Air Force's bombers and missiles also are the same ones that served in the Cold War for decades. And he said they are so fraught and often unhelpful that both the Obama and the George W. Bush administrations basically had to be forced into conducting them.
Guam governor Eddie Calvo dismissed the threat and said the island was prepared for "any eventuality" with strategically placed defences.