Trump calls for greater nuclear capabilities

Trump's tweet calling to strengthen US nuclear programme comes after similar remarks were made by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The statement made on Twitter comes after Trump met with several military officers to discuss defence budgets.

Updated Dec 23, 2016

US President-elect Donald Trump has tweeted that the United States should look to greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability.

Trump made the statement on Twitter, without providing details or context, a day after meeting a group of Pentagon top brass, and shortly after Putin called for Russia to reinforce its own nuclear capabilities.

Trump's spokesperson later clarified the tweet. 

"President-elect Trump was referring to the threat of nuclear proliferation and the critical need to prevent it - particularly to and among terrorist organisations and unstable and rogue regimes," spokesperson Jason Miller said.

TRT World's Jenniffer Glasse in Washington has more. 

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