Alternative Fact of the Week: Trump's nuclear arsenal

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Trump says US nuclear arsenal stronger than ever

United States President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that military solutions were "fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

In fact, Trump's "first order as president" was an executive order seeking to repeal Obamacare, and had nothing to do with strengthening nuclear arsenal.

The claim: The nuclear arsenal "is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before".

Rhodes later tweeted more criticism of the handling of the standoff after Trump's deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka compared the situation to the Cuban Missile Crisis and said the nation must rally around the president.

John McCain, like Trump a Republican and heads of the Armed Forces Committee in the US Senate, said on Tuesday night the president should tread cautiously.

Trump also retweeted a poll - from a mysterious Twitter account called Progress Polls - that showed 61% of respondents saying he is a better President than Obama.

"They will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before", he said.

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Trump also said he hoped to "de-nuke the world", but asserted the United States would maintain its nuclear stockpile and capability until then.

Even in the event of a conflict, North Korea's intercontinental missiles would not be able to reach D.C., according to news reports.

Now we're talking about atomic bombs.

The move followed North Korea's threat to target Guam, an isolated USA territory in the Western Pacific Ocean.

Trump, who is in the middle of a 17-day working vacation at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., has not commented on any of the tweets himself. They came after a rare agreement between the US, Russia and China that will ban the sale of seafood, iron ore, lead and coal to North Korea, possibly hastening the regime collapse that the Barack Obama administration hoped for.

President Trump boasted on Wednesday that he had made USA nuclear weapons more powerful.

The contention in these tweets is not based in reality. An evangelical adviser, Texan pastor Robert Jeffress, confirmed that "God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un". With pastors like that, who needs warmongers? This opinion piece ran as an editorial in The Press on August 11.

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