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Trump's Pointless Untruths About U.S. Nuclear Weapons

The president’s claim to have made the U.S. nuclear arsenal “far stronger and more powerful than ever before” only undermines his credibility, right when it’s needed more than ever.
Source: Carlos Barria / Reuters

In a global crisis, much less a possible nuclear showdown, credibility is essential. President Trump, as I noted yesterday, faces a serious deficit in that regard, since his record of untruthfulness means that Americans don’t know whether to trust him and that foreign leaders have no reason to take his threats seriously.

Right on cue, the president demonstrated the gravity of the problem with a statement Wednesday morning, delivered via

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