Trump, Nukes and Twitter: A Potentially Lethal Combination

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Tick, tock: the Doomsday clock measured by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved 30 seconds closer to midnight (meaning: global catastrophe) — from three minutes to two minutes, 30 seconds. Not since the 1950s has midnight been so close. Why the move? Scientists point to the growing threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons, including a potentially lethal Trump-nukes-Twitter combination.

On December 22, president-elect Trump tweeted: “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” These words set the world atwitter about the possible implications. Ostensibly aiming to clarify his intentions, Trump bluntly responded on MSNBC: “Let it be an arms race.”

Co-authored by Jessica West.

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