Trump says US nuke force must be in ‘tiptop shape’

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says he wants the U.S. nuclear arsenal in "tiptop shape" but has not asked that it be greatly expanded.

Trump was responding to a news report that he had said during a meeting at the Pentagon in July that he wanted what amounted to nearly a ten-fold increase in the number of U.S. nuclear weapons.

In remarks in the Oval Office on Wednesday, Trump denounced the NBC report and said such a big increase was "totally unnecessary." He said he does want to modernize the nuclear force.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a two-sentence statement later saying the news report was false and irresponsible.

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