REPORT: Rex Tillerson’s “Moron” Comment Came After Trump Demanded 10-Fold Increase In Nuclear Arsenal

NBC News reports:

President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.

Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.

The July 20 meeting was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense review of worldwide U.S. forces and operations. It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump is a “moron.”

Revelations of Trump’s comments that day come as the U.S. is locked in a high-stakes standoff with North Korea over its nuclear ambitions and is poised to set off a fresh confrontation with Iran by not certifying to Congress that Tehran is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

  • Ziad Baaklini

    I hope Americans get a handle on their president soon. You hold more than your own fate in your hands.

    • Adam Stevens

      We have been instructed to only care about ourselves.

      • Silver Badger

        Speak for yourself, Adam.

    • netxtown

      Putin stole the handle, and the idiot-in-chief won’t slow down….
      “We’re all fucked” is helpless and useless appeasement. Save yourself if you can.

    • Duh-David

      Can someone please jangle some keys over his crib until he forgets what he’s fussing about.

      “Who’s a pretty baby, who’s a pretty president?”

      • jmax

        And change his piss-soaked diaper.

    • JackFknTwist

      There are no processes in place to curb this madness of King George;
      no motion of no-confidence;
      no motion of censure;
      no system of referendum;
      all there is is the constitution Article 25 to remove him.
      – In other words, f uck-all ‘checks and balances’.
      So much for the great Constitution !
      All the Tories are enablers of Trump/turd, even Liddle Corker……..he is significantly responsible for bringing us to this sorry pass, now he weeps with buyer’s remorse. F uck you Corker and all who sail in her.

      The generals are keeping back the tide of a preemptive strike for the moment, but their position in law is precarious, and they don’t have their fingers on the button.
      I know all this is well known but it is still bloody freaking me out for all its obviousness.

    • JackFknTwist

      Yeah doesn’t the USA have a world wide responsibility when it has put a complete moron in charge of the asylum and with only an air head Congress sitting pulling their wee wee’s ?

      Where is the duty yo the rest of the world when the USA is about to launch a nuclear war ?

      Ask the permission of Merkel. She will know better.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Make America Glow Again!

  • Tawreos

    I will admit I haven’t kept up on the nuclear stockpile numbers, but last I heard we still had enough to destroy the planet 2 or 3 times over. How is that level of destruction not enough?

    • shellback

      When you have zero understanding about … well, anything, no amount is enough.

    • lymis

      It’s the same mindset that involves feeling you can never have enough sleazy lawyers on the payroll.

      • ColdCountry

        Or enough guns and ammo in the closet.

        • Bad Tom

          Or enough money in the bank.

          • clay

            But . . . Turmp doesn’t have enough money in the bank.

          • Bad Tom

            Some people squander faster than they can accumulate.

    • HoneyBoySmith

      Trump (probably compensating) is obsessed with being the “biggest” or “grandest” or “tallest.”

      He doesn’t understand why we’ve reduced our nuclear stockpile. And, he’s not interested in learning. He just wants big numbers to boast about.

    • safari
      • Stogiebear

        “As of July 8, [2017] the United States has 6,800 warheads, according to data* from Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris at the Federation of American scientists. 2,800 of them are retired, 4,000 are stockpiled, and 1,800 are deployed.”

        The Shitgibbon is insane. He wants the US to have 68,000 nuclear warheads. That is almost the total of ALL such weapons at the height of stockpiling by all nuclear weapons capable countries.

        * https://fas.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Inventories2017-2.png

        • Lizard

          “That is almost the total of ALL such weapons at the height of stockpiling by all nuclear weapons capable countries.”

          I don’t think he knows that. It would depend on actually looking at or knowing data about current events, which he obviously doesn’t.

      • DoctorDJ

        Ah, yes, the good ol’ US vs. the “Evil Empire” days.
        Under another demented old white guy president.

  • bkmn

    I bet half the Cabinet is willing to go for Article 25 motions to remove him, but then you have Betsy-wetsy, pRick Perry and mental Ben Carson who won’t betray him.

    • boatboy_srq

      Hard to declare incompetence when you exhibit the same symptoms. Perry and Carson would last another 30 seconds if Lord Dampnut were removed on those grounds.

      • Lizard

        Can incompetents declare incompetence for another incompetent…?

        • boatboy_srq

          Not without risking similar declarations for themselves. Which apparently happen anyplace that isn’t Texas.

      • -M-

        Yeah. Perry might possibly have a brief attack of conscience if someone explained how dangerous Trump is, using very simple words. DeVos, Zinke, Sessions, Pruitt would probably have to be bought and I can’t imagine what that would take considering Donnie is letting them make their vilest dreams come true.

  • Daveed_WOW

    He who speaks truth to abuse gets abuse in return.

  • safari

    I haven’t had my caffeine yet this morning.

    • shellback

      I’ll be right over with a freshly-brewed (percolator) pot.

      • safari

        Thank you.

        • shellback

          It’s the least I can do for someone that keeps me entertained and enlightened every day.

  • Bluto
    • Mark Née Fuzz

      and not the cheap shit either. Get the soft, beautiful ones.

      • jerry

        But please skip the Brawny or Sparkle brands, manufactured by Koch Industries.

        • jerry

          As well as Quilted Northern, Soft ‘n Gentle, and Angel Soft toilet paper; anything Dixie brand; and Sparkle, Vanity Fair, and Mardi Gras napkins.

          • Daveed_WOW

            I stick with hippy brands at the food co-op. Political correctness can be rough on your….hands.

          • JackFknTwist

            And with a moron in the WH it is on the heas of all the morons who put him there…..each and every one who voted for the moron should have known he was a moron……if you didn’t know he was a moron that makes you a moron.

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    • TrueWords

      HOLY SHIT I AM DYING HERE….

    • Treant

      “I’ll get you, my pretties! And your Brawny paper towels, too!”

    • JCF

      Speaking here from NorCal: make those paper towels fireproof, please?

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    We can blow the world up how many times over as it is? Apparently that’s not enough. Compensating for his tiny dick, isn’t he?

    • Treant

      Around 80, by the current standard being the extinction or near-extinction of humanity. One hundred nukes detonated over one hundred cities will seriously screw up the entire planet’s day.

      At the peak of the Cold War, we could have done this 600 times.

  • blackstar
    • Mark Née Fuzz

      I’d ALMOST be in favor of using them if the first was detonated inside his ass.

      • boatboy_srq

        Considering that would happen in DC, Miami, NJ or Fife, that’s a less enticing event than might be.

    • Lizard

      Is there a single picture of the man where he doesn’t look like a smug-ass orange frog with hay on his head?!

      • greenmanTN

        No.

      • Treant

        Confirming Greenman’s NO. You’re welcome.

      • Daveed_WOW

        I still say the Oompa Loompas were the template. Fits. Remember yesterday’s post about WND asserting that bratty children should be murdered?

      • boatboy_srq

        No. SATSQ.

        • Lizard

          “SATSQ”

          🙁

          • Karl Dubhe

            snappy answers to stupid questions.

            It’s from Mad Magazine.

          • Lizard

            I know what it stands for. Google told me.

          • Karl Dubhe

            Same, sorry, it’s early I thought I saw a question mark there.

          • boatboy_srq

            If there is a human male less photogenic, his photo hasn’t surfaced.

          • Lizard

            I certainly agree with that, but jesus, most people can get at lease one decent professional photo.

          • boatboy_srq

            That requires being an actual person with a rational grasp of his/her actual appearance. Even Oliver “warts and all” Cromwell knew how to present his better side. Lord Dampnut is too used to people calling him handsome (to get his money or a contract, no doubt) to believe he’s unattractive.

          • Lizard

            Sure, but doesn’t the WH have a stylist for this kind of thing, or one on call?

          • boatboy_srq

            More proof that Lord Dampnut doesn’t love Teh Gheys after all.

          • Beagle

            Martin Shkreli?

          • boatboy_srq

            Even he has a couple shots where he isn’t visually vomit-inducing.

          • JCF

            Speaking of which: Gov Brown just signed legislation here in Cali, requiring drug manufacturers to give notice if they’re dramatically raising drug prices.

            “The law, which aims to provide more transparency
            around pharmaceutical and biotech company pricing methods for their medicines, requires drug manufacturers to give a 60-day notice if prices are raised more than 16 percent over a two-year period. The law also requires health plans and insurers to file annual reports outlining how drug costs affect healthcare premiums in California. “Californians have a right to know why their medication costs are out of control, especially when pharmaceutical profits are soaring,”

            https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-drugpricing/california-governor-signs-drug-pricing-transparency-law-idUSKBN1CE28W

            [Presumably, that 60 day notice will give time to organize LOUD protest & *pressure* against same.] This law was obviously aimed DIRECTLY at all the “pharma bros” out there! 😀

          • The_Wretched

            Bannon’s never looked alive in his.

      • UrsusArctos
    • Treant
  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN
  • Tulle Christensen

    I am pretty sure that would violate the SALT 1 and 2 treaties

    • Stev84

      Trump would certainly call those “bad deals” if he were told about them

      • Lizard

        To Trump, a “good deal” is “Everything I want with no compromise and if you don’t like it I’ll lawyer you into the ground, now go fuck yourself.”

        You know–perfect diplomacy material. /s

    • boatboy_srq

      SALT, START, virtually every treaty the US has ever signed on nuclear weapons.

      OTOH expanding the US nuclear stockpile is entirely in keeping with the indifference to the planet’s well-being that the entire Teahad has repeatedly demonstrated.

      • -M-

        Worse, it’s pointless even from a narrow military ‘maintain obvious overwhelming force as a deterrent’ outlook. Wasting money on an enormous build up in an area that doesn’t need it.

        Replace the computers running off of floppies, certainly. Update the weapon designs, sure. Increase the number of them just to have a bigger number? I don’t think so.

        • boatboy_srq

          Vast sums spent on new nukes prevents those dollars from being available for Those People®.

          • -M-

            Zactly.

  • Tawreos

    This asshole isn’t going to be happy until he can press a button and cause a mushroom cloud somewhere on the planet.

  • Do Something Nice

    Did someone explain to Trump that the nuclear arsenal doesn’t need folding?

  • Lizard

    It’s official. Donald Trump is a Captain Planet villain.

  • CanuckDon

    There’s a bit of satisfaction in knowing that Tillerson isn’t the only one in the rancid GOP administration that has called Trump a fucking moron.

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    Now, now. He called him a fucking moron. Let’s report the facts. Lol

  • TrueWords
  • Buford

    I’ll state the obvious… while I’m tempted to give Tillerson credit for calling Trump a f*cking moron in this context, Tillerson deserves no credit because he refuses to actually stand up and save the country from Trump.

    His sorry presser wherein he licked Trump’s boots showed us all we need to know about Tillerson… he’s a big part of the problem here.

    • SFBruce

      I can’t disagree with what you say, but who would follow in Tillerson’s footsteps if he leaves? On the other hand, if a few key members of Donnie’s administration walked, and a few congressional Republicans said publically what they say privately, maybe the wheels would finally come off, and we could get rid of the orange one.

      • Buford

        Tillerson and Kelly need to grow a pair, resign, and publicly denounce Trump as a lost cause whose dangerous incompetence is going to kill millions if he remains in office. That should prompt the House to take action to remove Trump from office, but even if it doesn’t, it would help these two lickspittles to recover some dignity.

        • The_Wretched

          If there is one thing Trump does well, it’s degrade the help.

      • JackFknTwist

        Looks like John Bolton is following in Tillerson’s footsteps……so I’m getting to f uck out of here !

  • SFBruce

    Fucking moron isn’t a strong enough condemnation of little Donnie. By far, the US and Russia have the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons on earth; together, our two countries have more than the rest of the world combined. For the last 15 years or so, that stockpile has steadily decreased, and even most marginally sane people think that’s a good thing. Donnie wants to re-ignite an arms race all because he’s insecure about those tiny, tiny hands.

    • Ross

      Donnie wants to re-ignite an arms race all because he’s insecure about his tiny, tiny…

    • Lee

      I would think that the initial thing to examine would be the agenda of the person that leaked Rex’s comment.

    • I think he’s also taking a page from Bush 2, where one can become popular and loved by fighting a “just” war.

    • -M-

      I think the US and Russia each have more than the rest of the world combined.

  • Treant

    Eight, nine thousand warheads between us and Russia outta be enough.

    Other than that, Tilly, I’m unimpressed. You toe the line, then make a remark about something that’s so stupid it’s not worth much more than a shake of the head and preparing one’s resume.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    While most Americans are decent, not at all fucked people, the sad fact remains that any good will or understanding on the part of the rest of the planet is quickly evaporating. Seriously, deal to him before it’s all gone.

    **Note: I make this statement not because we feel this way, but because we have many friends around the world who are quite done with it all.

  • Tatonka

    That is literally the stupidest idea I have heard in my entire life.

    • boatboy_srq

      Certainly the stupidest idea in terms of national defense since 1946. At least back then multiplying the nuclear stockpile by that figure would have resulted in <100 warheads.

  • worstcultever

    I think Rex might be like everyone else – simply aghast and stupefied at the most sociopathic, toxic narcissist in the history of the world.

    • boatboy_srq

      That attitude coming from the former head of a firm that funded anti-AGCC agitprop while simultaneously preparing for AGCC-related impacts to their business should offset the stupefaction. Tillerson and his predecessors helped make this monster: there should be no surprise there.

  • GeneInSJ

    We really have to impeach this idiot before he gets us all killed. This farce has gone on too long.

    • boatboy_srq

      Ritht now the alternative is Pence, who would be quite content to let all the Wrong Sort of People die so Gun-Totin’ Capitalist White Jeebus could be summoned. Not exactly an improvement.

      • Lizard

        We could always pull a Spiro Agnew and get rid of Pence first.

        Pence wants to be president and obviously knows that the easiest way to do that is sit right where he is until the shitgibbon is chucked out.

        • boatboy_srq

          We need a functioning Congress, with Congresscritters who actually believr in their duty to the nation, to accomplish that.

        • MaryJOGrady

          I think Pence is up to his eyebrows in the general corruption and the Russian mess. He can go too. Impeachment will happen if we can take the House and Senate, which can happen if we all work hard for our congressional and senatorial candidates. Then we won’t have to think about a President Ryan.

  • hdtex
  • Karl Dubhe

    There are three ways to deal with an insane King. Appoint a regent, force him off of the throne or kill him.

    Choose wisely. 🙁

    • Lizard

      He’s not a king, and short of a constitutional amendment (which will never be passed because of blue states) the GOP can’t make him one.

      • Karl Dubhe

        He’s the head of state. Close enough.

        He thinks he’s a king too. Just like George thought he was a potted plant.

        • Lizard

          Sure, but he’s only got four years*, not a lifetime.

          *If there is any mercy in the universe.

          • Karl Dubhe

            I don’t think he’s going to have four years…

            If he’s really staged a proper coup d’etat, he’ll be there until death; then one of his kids takes over. 🙁

          • -M-

            It is a coup. But I don’t think it’s going to stick. 🤞🤞🤞

          • MaryJOGrady

            Two years, if the Democrats can take the House and Senate next year. The way things are going, that can be done if we all work hard.

  • Barry William Teske

    Oh look!
    What ever 45 wants.
    45 gets…
    Obviously.
    Not a UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    There is no HATE margin in that.
    So.
    Has anyone spoken to the future about this yet?
    As in the nations children?
    They deserve to know.

    • JackFknTwist

      If the USA is going to start a nuclear war doesn’t the world have a voice in this madness ?

      • Tor

        Maybe it’s time for the sane countries to impose sanctions on us.

  • Bad Tom

    Secretary Tillerson’s assessment of the CoC is correct.

  • The_Wretched

    Brains are interesting things. I swear I have an original thought on reading the headlines but it’s almost always the same as the tagging – even though I haven’t consciously read it yet. To wit: He’s Going To Kill Us All.

    The maintenance budget for current levels is $27 billion dollars a year. That’s just for the maintenance of the weapons, staffing and standard upgrades to systems etc. New nukes would require much more.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Yep, he’s gonna kill us all.

  • yes b’y
  • clay

    We already knew Turmp favors nuclear proliferation– Japan, Israel (officially), Philippines, Australia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia give EVerybody the Bomb! (whether they want it or not)

    • Halou

      Just not Poland or any other former-Soviet country.
      Got to get along well with Russia.

  • coram nobis

    Dr. Strangelove is Eleanor Roosevelt compared to this national moron.

  • JWC

    Aw da poor Donny had a long meeting and he was tired and didn’t get his nap Then that mean old man called him a fucking moron So sad so unfair

  • Max_1
    • That was fantastic! Thanks!

  • narutomania

    Correction: Tillerson said that he was a “fucking moron”.

    That detail is mother-fuckingly historically important.

  • Nunya D. Bidness
  • JCF