Trump Wants to Make Sure U.S. Nuclear Arsenal at ‘Top of the Pack’

And like that, we’re back to a nuclear arms race:

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the “top of the pack,” saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity.

In a Reuters interview, Trump also said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea “very easily if they want to,” ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to exert more influence to rein in Pyongyang’s increasingly bellicose actions.

Trump also expressed support for the European Union as a governing body, saying “I’m totally in favor of it,” and for the first time as president expressed a preference for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but said he would be satisfied with whatever makes the two sides happy.

In his first comments about the U.S. nuclear arsenal since taking office on Jan. 20, Trump was asked about a December tweet in which he said the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity “until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

Trump said in the interview he would like to see a world with no nuclear weapons but expressed concern that the United States has “fallen behind on nuclear weapon capacity.”

Jeff Sessions Reverses Obama-Era Policy That Curtailed DOJ’s Private Prison Use

Every damn day with this Administration:

WASHINGTON ? Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday withdrew an Obama-era Justice Department memo that set a goal of reducing and ultimately ending the Justice Department’s use of private prisons.

In a one-page memo to the acting head of the Bureau of Prisons, Sessions wrote that the August 2016 memo by former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates “changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.”

A Justice Department spokesman said Sessions’ memo “directs the Bureau of Prisons to return to its previous approach to the use of private prisons,” which would “restore BOP’s flexibility to manage the federal prison inmate population based on capacity needs.”

How did Tom Cotton’s Town Hall Meeting Go Today?

Still reeling from this bad cold. It’s now in my chest which is so delightful that I gave it to Mrs. C as an early birthday gift.

So I’ve only briefly read about how Trump’s rolling back protections against transgender students because of course he would.

Tom Cotton had a town hall meeting and judging from the clips, I’m sure he won’t be eager to hold another soon.

I Poke My Head Up from a Cold Induced Fog To See What Trump is Doing Today

And he’s fighting the Anne Frank Center….. I’m going back to bed:

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday lashed out at the Anne Frank Center for expressing dissatisfaction about President Donald Trump’s reluctance to condemn rising anti-Semitism in the United States.

Trump on Tuesday denounced hate crimes against Jewish people, but the Center noted in a statement that the president’s remarks had come woefully late.

“His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting anti-Semitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record,” the statement said. “Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration.”

During the White House press conference on Tuesday, Spicer complained that Trump’s actions were “never good enough” for organizations like the Anne Frank Center.

“The president has made clear since the day he was elected, and frankly going back to the campaign, that he is someone who seeks to unite this country,” Spicer said. “He brings a diverse group of folks into his administration, both in terms of actual positions and people who he sought the advice of.”

“And I think he has been very forceful with his denunciation of people who seek to attack people because of their hate, because of their religion, because of their gender, because of the color of their skin,” he continued. “And it’s something he’s going to continue to fight and make very, very clear that [it] has no place in this administration.”

“But it’s ironic that no matter how many times he talks about this, it’s never good enough.”

The Anne Frank Center has responded:

SEAN SPICER, AT HIS WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING TODAY, SCOLDED OUR ORGANIZATION TO “PRAISE” PRESIDENT TRUMP ON #ANTISEMITISM. Sean, here is what it would take:
1. Fire the Antisemite Steve Bannon.
2. Have President Trump deliver a prime-time address to outline the specific steps his Administration will take to combat Antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, sexism, anti-LGBT bias and other hatred.
3. Work with Congress to establish a national blue-ribbon commission on Combating Hate in America that would have sufficient independence and bipartisan representation.