Igniting a new global arms race

Is President Trump bringing us closer to nuclear war? Rather than continuing over 40 years of U.S. policy to reduce the size of our nuclear arsenal, the Trump administration is proposing to build new nuclear-armed weapons, including sea-launched and air-launched cruise missiles.

Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, spoke to Salon's Alyona Minkovski on "Salon Now" about the real world implications. "They come at this from the mindset that if there are problems with the Russians and Chinese, the way we deal with that is to threaten them with more nukes," Kristensen said. The costs could be in the hundreds of billions to build new weapons and the plans coincide with President Trump's budget, which greatly increases spending on defense at the expense of social programs and the State Department. To hear more about the new scenarios in which the Trump administration deems a nuclear response as credible, watch the video above.

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