Trump’s Nuke Strategy Goes Viral

Trump’s Nuke Strategy Goes Viral
Trump’s Nuke Strategy Goes Viral

It’s hard to imagine that talks of holiday greetings and nuclear weapons are going on at the same time, but 2016 has been anything but ordinary.
After Vladimir Putin announced on December 21, 2016, that he has plans to do some upgrading to nuclear arms in Russia, President Elect Trump responded with a Tweet on December 22, 2016, vowing to strengthen America’s nuclear arms capabilities, followed by comments that the two global powers should restore collaboration so they don’t “have to travel an alternate path.”
Many Americans cringed as these comments went viral, with thoughts of the last time America and Russia had a nuclear pissing contest. Traditionally, presidential discussions of nuclear arms don’t take place in a casual social media environment, but there’s nothing typical about anything Trump has done so far.
Then Vladimir Putin sent a holiday greeting that included hopes for future collaboration — perhaps with a hint of a warning. Donald Trump released the seemingly cheerful Christmas greeting that he received from Putin on December 15, 2016 which included the following text:
“Serious global and regional challenges, which our countries have had to face in recent years, show that the relations between Russia and the U.S. remain an important factor in ensuring stability and security of the modern world.
I hope that after you assume the position of President of the United States of America we will be able – by acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner – to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation in different areas as well as bring our level of collaboration on the international scene to a qualitatively new level.
Please accept my sincere wishes to you and your family of sound health, happiness, wellbeing, success and all the best.
Look, happy holidays all around, but can we skip the nuclear arms talks on the heels of mentioning an “alternate” path? Many speculate that Putin was emotionally provoked by the anniversary of the downfall of the Soviet Union, and Trump was simply talking about modernizing current holdings, but throwing around these kinds of terms isn’t exactly creating a calm environment in either country.
What’s your take on it? Do you think we’re heading for another nuclear arms race, or a deepening bromance between Trump and Putin?