President Donald Trump unveiled a new nuclear weapons system to Bob Woodward, boasting of telling the author something that America's foreign opponents did not know about.
In an excerpt from his upcoming book, "Rage," Woodward reveals that the president told him about the system and that neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor Chinese President Xi Jinping knew about it.
The announcement came to Woodward in calls from Trump's personal cell phone late that night as he delivered 18 interviews to the journalist.
It is unclear if any were monitored by the White House or by national security officials.
“I built a nuclear weapon system – a weapon system that nobody in this country had before. We've got things you haven't even seen or heard of. We have things that Putin and Xi have never heard of. There is nobody – what we have is incredible, "said Trump in the excerpt published by the Washington Post.
Although Trump did not provide details, a defense expert believed the weapon was a low-yield nuclear weapon that was believed to have been used on submarines.
President Donald Trump revealed a new nuclear weapons system for a new book in interviews with Bob Woodward
President Trump bragged neither about Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) nor about Chinese President Xi Jinping (right), who knew about the new nuclear system
WHAT DONALD TRUMP TOLD BOB WOODWARD
Tape recordings and excerpts from the veteran Watergate reporter's upcoming book Rage make a series of bombshell revelations.
TRUTH ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
Trump told Woodward on February 7 that the coronavirus was "deadly".
“You just breathe in the air and that's over. And that is very difficult. It's very tricky. It is also more deadly than even your exhausting river. It's deadly stuff, ”he said – but didn't tell the public what he knew
Speaking to Trump Coronavirus on Jan. 28, Robert O'Brien said, "It will be the greatest national security threat you face in your presidency," saying, "This will be the worst you will face." Trump then told Americans it was "under control" and would "go away".
And on March 19, Trump said, “I always wanted to downplay it. I still like to downplay it because I don't want to panic. "
Trump says Kim is "way out of her mind" and that the dictator told him "everything" and boasted about how he described his uncle's brutal execution in a power struggle.
Woodward reveals to Trump the "love letters" from Kim Jong-Un to Trump, which are about "Your Excellency", "holding your hand" and calling their summit "a fantasy movie".
But Woodward also reveals that Jim Mattis, as Trump over the & # 39; Little Rocket Man & # 39; Secretary of Defense tweeted, was so concerned about the escalation that he slept in his clothes.
TRUMP ON THE MILITARY
"My damn generals are a bunch of people," Trump scolded in the Oval Office, saying their support for NATO and an alliance with South Korea was "stupid." Cost us $ 10 billion. We are idiots. & # 39;
… AND ITS REQUIREMENTS
Trump said Woodward made George W. Bush "look like the stupid idiot he was". He scolded Obama: “I don't think Obama is smart … I think he's highly overrated. And I don't think he's a great speaker. & # 39; And he added that Kim Jong-Un called Obama "an a ** hol".
WHAT'S SAID ABOUT HIM
Jim Mattis called him “dangerous” and “unfit”, went to Washington National Cathedral to pray, left government because he “was basically instructed to do what I thought was more than stupid is too stupid "when it came to withdrawing troops from Syria, and recommended "collective action" after leaving.
Dan Coats, the director of the national secret service, had "deep suspicions" that Putin had something in himself and that "it could not shake her".
Dr. Tony Fauci called his leadership "rudderless", his attention span "like a minus number" and said, "Its only purpose is re-election."
Jared Kushner – his son-in-law – said Alice in Wonderland was the key to Trump and said, "If you don't know where you are going, every path will lead you."
Describing the term "white privilege" as "drinking the Kool-Aid", Trump reiterated his claim that he did more for black Americans than for Lincoln, adding, "And frankly, I don't feel love."
Trump used his personal cell phone to make nightly calls and found he had a "weapon system" that Putin and Xi were unaware of.
Woodward writes that additional sources later confirmed the system, but did not provide details.
He also reported that people had expressed surprise that Trump had exposed the system.
Although the information has been rated highly, Trump as president is the ultimate clearance agency and cannot be punished for divulging state secrets.
Trump gave Woodward his private cell phone number so the two men could speak without aides or anyone else present, which meant the calls were unencrypted.
Woodward himself could have been bugged or monitored by foreign powers, although there is no evidence that it was him.
Woodward's book Rage, out next week, is based on the 18 conversations with Trump between December 2019 and July 2020 that took place in the Oval Office, Mar-a-Lago, and by phone – the occasional 9 or 10 a.m. O'clock at night.
According to Woodward, he sometimes received unexpected calls after 9 p.m. from the president who were reportedly trying to generate a favorable representation in the book, unlike Woodward's 2018 bestseller Fear.
Woodward called it the President "exonerating himself".
Nuclear weapons disclosure appears to be the only top secret secret Trump shares, though the White House is preparing for more tapes when Woodward is interviewed by CBS '60 Minutes on Sunday, and for more detailed revelations when the book is published.
James Acton, co-director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's nuclear policy program, suggested on Wednesday that Trump may be referring to a new low-yield submarine nuclear warhead.
Its existence is known, although the details about it are classified.
& # 39; In 2017, the administrator announced a plan to reduce the explosive power of some nuclear warheads on missiles fired from submarines. The timing was kept a secret.
"I suspect Trump told Woodward about the first mission before it was released," he said wrote on Twitter.
“I don't think the US could secretly build an actual new nuclear weapon. Too much money for classified budgets. Too many people involved not to leak, ”he added.
In February there were reports that the Pentagon was deploying a new nuclear warhead requested, designed and manufactured by the Trump administration aboard a nuclear submarine.
Proponents of the weapon wanted the US to have another low-yield nuclear option to counter Russia, which has a wide variety of nuclear systems.
The low-yield system creates a smaller nuclear explosion than other nuclear weapons.
Proponents of such systems say they are more targeted, but for critics they increase the likelihood of the use of nuclear weapons and thus the escalation of a war from conventional to nuclear.
Trump has bragged about "rebuilding" an "exhausted" military when it actually takes years to produce new nuclear weapons systems.
For the national security and intelligence community, the ability for Russia and China to learn about new weapon systems, either by listening to Woodward or simply by watching the news, will be of great concern – especially if US authorities had no idea that Trump was the Has made disclosure.
The reveal is just part of the revelations Trump made to Woodward when he revealed he knew the coronavirus was "deadly" and far more dangerous than the flu, while telling the public it was like the flu, and that he "downplayed" it. & # 39;
Trump is now defending himself, claiming he doesn't want to "panic".
But Trump has published secrets that have become publicly known in the past.
One of the most famous incidents was in August last year when he tweeted a picture of damage to an Iranian satellite launch pad caused by a launcher that exploded during testing.
Public images of the damage were already in place, but of poor quality, and the image tweeted by Trump was of exceptionally high resolution.
Within hours it became clear that it had been picked up by the National Intelligence Bureau, one of the intelligence agencies' member agencies, and shown to Trump in the White House.
Amateurs online figured out exactly which KH-11 satellite took the picture.
The only previous publication of images from a KH-11 satellite was in 1984 by a Navy analyst jailed for espionage.
There have also been claims of sharing information with other world leaders.
In April 2017, Trump announced the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duerte that he had stationed two nuclear submarines off the coast of North Korea.
The locations of submarines, which may include those carrying nuclear missiles, are always closely guarded secrets, with much of the Navy's command usually not knowing where they are, and only the captains and part of the crew exactly knowledge.
Trump was also accused of sharing Israel's ISIS classified information with Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in May 2017 at a meeting of the Oval Office that was also attended by a Russian photographer.
Trump allegedly told Lavrov about ISIS plans to build laptop bombs to attack airliners – enough for Russia to sum up that the information came from an Israeli spy deeply embedded in IS’s territory.
According to reports in Israel, the Mossad, its espionage agency, feared that its assets were in danger of being identified.
The White House initially denied that anything had been said to Russia, but Trump himself defended telling them about "terrorism" the next day and then telling reporters on a visit to Israel the next month, "People, people, just for you understand, just for you to understand, I never mentioned the word or name of Israel during this conversation. & # 39;
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