Trump recently went on Twitter to inform the world about his intentions of expanding nuclear weapons in the U.S. and even though that’s a shock to many, since it appeared to break a decades-long bipartisan consensus on the need to reduce nuclear arsenals through international cooperation, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thought otherwise, calling Trump “brilliant.”
Gingrich told Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, that the attempt to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the past decades has “failed.” He says that the U.S. needs to expand and overmatch Russia’s war-fighting capability.
“There are a number of steps [Russia is] taking to be a war-fighting capability,” Gingrich said. “We have to, candidly, overmatch that.”
He also defended Trump’s decision to announce the new nuclear weapons policy over Twitter.
“On the tweeting thing, let me just suggest if I might, we might as well get used to it,” Gingrich said. “This is who he is, it’s how he’s going to operate ― whether it’s brilliant or stupid.”
“Do you think it’s brilliant or stupid?” Wallace asked.
“I think it’s brilliant because first of all he’s able very quickly, over and over again, to set the agenda,” Gingrich responded.
Trump tweeted on Thursday that the U.S. “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
Although Trump’s transition team tried to clarify that the president-elect was referring to modernizing the arsenal, Trump has said otherwise. Trump told Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” “Let it be an arms race,” Trump allegedly said. “We will outmatch them at every pass. And outlast them all.”