Donald Trump is denying that he said more countries should acquire nuclear weapons, despite evidence of the claims.
The president-elect took aim against the New York Times on Twitter on Sunday after the newspaper published an article about Trump’s statements on foreign policy, including his suggestion that more countries should have nuclear weapons to protect themselves without the United States’ help.
“How dishonest are they. I never said this!” he wrote Sunday morning.
Although he has flip-flopped on the issue throughout his campaign, the 70-year-old business has suggested on multiple occasions that more countries should have access to nuclear weapons.
According to Brietbart, whose owner Steve Bannon serves as the CEO of the Trump campaign, Trump said nuclear weapons should replace the U.S. military in Japan and South Korea on CNN’s Republican Town Hall in March.
When asked by Anderson Cooper if there was a contradiction between his concerns over the rise of nuclear weapon use and his support of Japan and South Korea developing such weapons, Trump responded that there wasn’t.
Trump continued that things would also be better if Saudi Arabia and South Korea also had nuclear weapons.
“It’s going to happen, anyway. It’s only a question of time,” he said. “They’re going to start having them, or we have to get rid of them entirely.”
Trump also suggested he was open to the idea of more countries having nuclear weapons in an interview with the New York Times also in March.
“Well I think maybe it’s not so bad to have Japan — if Japan had that nuclear threat, I’m not sure that would be a bad thing for us,” he said.