Funding for nuclear infrastructure and nonproliferation programs, which President Trump cut in his Fiscal Year 2018 budget request, has an essential role in preventing the spread of fissile and radiological materials and stopping nuclear weapons from being obtained by those who may wish to cause us harm.
President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time on February 28th, 2017.
President Trump in a tweet Wednesday said the USA has modernized its nuclear arsenal and will always be the "most powerful nation in the world", though he expressed a desire not to be forced to use the weapons. But it wasn't - that was his thirteenth order.
Iran boosts budget for missiles, Revolutionary Guards
The parliament's majority voted for the bill, which was a response to the USA new sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The additional USA sanctions put in place last month directly target the missile programme and the IRGC.
"The U.S. nuclear arsenal was second to none even before the ambitious upgrade project launched by the Obama administration", Mr. Reif said.
In those tweets, he incorrectly stated that reviewing the nuclear arsenal was at the top of his to-do list when he took office.
When White House representatives were asked to justify Trump's claim of a stronger arsenal, they spoke of a January 27 executive order, which called for a "Nuclear Posture Review" - but this is a study that each of the last four presidents have conducted as well.
Any recent upgrades to the arsenal are the result of Obama-era initiatives that authorized $1 trillion in nuclear spending over the next 30 years. And the modernization effort that started under former President Barack Obama hasn't been altered by the Trump administration. The ambassadorship to South Korea also remains vacant.