Trump touts U.S. nuclear arsenal amid standoff with North Korea

Verma Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Secretary Tom Price U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Vice President Mike Pence

Verma Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Secretary Tom Price U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Vice President Mike Pence

In this week's fact-checking video, CNN's Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org review the accuracy of President Donald Trump's tweet about the modernization of the USA nuclear weapons program.

The statement is a direct response to bipartisan criticism of the ultimatum Trump issued to North Korea on Tuesday.

Yet even then, Trump insisted that what North Korea does "can't be allowed", and the most reassurance he had to offer about the possibility of precipitously starting a huge war sometime soon was "we'll see what happens".

But Rubio says a strike against North Korea is the last option he would want to see the United States take, instead he's hoping for a diplomatic solution.

"Today (Wednesday) over Twitter, Trump revealed that his first order as president had been to upgrade the US" nuclear arsenal, yet added that he hopes it will never be needed.

"I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days", he told reporters on a flight to Guam, where he was to refuel, according to a transcript released by his department.

Why did the president announce North Korea plans like this?

"He's saying, 'Don't test America and don't test Donald J".

"I think this was aimed primarily at China to let China know how serious we are about this; to get China to re-engage, not just to play games the way they've been doing since the meeting at Mar-a-Lago", he said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Most of us had assumed that Trump could not start a war (nuclear of conventional) without some sort of approval from either Congress or his National Security Council or the Joints Chiefs of Staff or someone with an ounce of rationality that could tell him, "No". We are now a hyper power.

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