Appearing on Fox News on Friday, a spokesperson for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump threatened that the business mogul would be willing to use nuclear weapons if he were elected to serve as commander in chief.
“What good does it do to have a good nuclear triad if you’re afraid to use it?” campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson asked on Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor.
Pierson went on to suggest that while other Republican candidates may threaten war, Trump would actually be willing to use the the nuclear triad to fix problems around the world. “That’s where we are today,” she said. “We need to be discussing how we fix their problems, not just complaining and name-calling about who started this and who started that.”
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Trump fumbled a question about nuclear weapons during the GOP debate on Tuesday, appearing not to understand that the nuclear triad refers to the three ways the U.S. is capable of firing nuclear weapons. When conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked him a simple question about the triad, Trump showed how little understanding he has about the United States’ ability to use the lethal explosive devices.
“I think we need somebody, absolutely, that we can trust, who is totally responsible, who really knows what he or she is doing,” Trump said. “That is so powerful and so important.” He then went on to discuss his opposition to the war in Iraq.
When Hewitt pressed him on which “of the three legs of the triad” was Trump’s priority, Trump responded: “For me, nuclear, the power, the devastation, is very important to me.”
Marco Rubio took the opportunity during the debate to explain what the triad actually entails.
“The triad is the ability of the United States to conduct nuclear attacks using airplanes, using missiles launched from silos from the ground and from our nuclear subs,” the Florida senator said.
Trump also defended his proposal to kill the family members of ISIS terrorists during the debate, saying the policy would be warranted because family members “know what is going on” with their relatives.