With an act that should resurrect calls for the invocation of the 25th amendment, Donald Trump may have just inadvertently revealed the existence of a secret military nuclear-powered cruise missile program with a carelessly sent tweet.
The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian “Skyfall” explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2019
Trump sent the tweet about the recent Russian failed missile test during his “executive time” while on his non-vacation at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf resort.
While Russia has been tight-lipped about the details of the explosion which killed seven people, early reports from the region where the disaster took place indicate a spike in radiation levels that have led experts to speculate that the missile involved may have employed a newly-developed nuclear-powered engine.
Trump’s declaration that America has “similar, though more advanced, technology” may have been another case of the president’s irresistible urge to boast — his own personal “be best” initiative. However, since no such weapons program has been officially announced, speculation was rife that Trump accidentally disclosed a top-secret military program because of his need to entertain his Twitter followers.
Time magazine’s Phil Elliott asked:
“Did the President just confirm the existence of a missile system with mini-nuclear reactors aboard, eliminating distance limitations, and that can fly low and weave around anti-missile shields?” he asked.
Trump’s reference to Skyfall provides some context to the question.
According to Vice News, “The only Russian weapon currently in testing that uses a liquid propulsion system involving nuclear power would be the 9M730 Burevestnik, also known as the SSC-X-9 Skyfall.”
“Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed this weapon to the world in a notorious March 2018 presentation that showed a computer visualization of nukes hitting Florida near the Mar-a-Lago. Skyfall has been billed as a nuclear-powered cruise missile that, according to Putin, flies with ‘unlimited range and unpredictable trajectory.’”
“Skyfall is designed to circumvent Western defense systems, which can intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) before they hit their targets by calculating their trajectories. It’s possible that another weapon or test caused the explosion, though Skyfall is currently suspected as a likely culprit,” Vice added.
If it turns out that Trump did disclose a previously secret weapons program, it wouldn’t be the first time that he casually disclosed classified information.
During an Oval Office meeting on May 10, 2017 with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Trump discussed an ISIS plot to weaponize laptop computers in sufficient detail that the information could be used by the Russians to deduce the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected, according to The Washington Post.
Whether Trump’s disclosure of U.S. state secrets is intentional treason or merely the result of ignorance and incompetence, either reason is sufficient grounds to remove him from office. How much more of this can the nation stand?
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