Former Nuke Weapons Officer Goes Off: Trump Is ‘So Damn Dangerous’

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Conservative national security hawk and former Jeb Bush adviser John Noonan used a Wednesday tweetstorm to sound off on his concerns about a report that Donald Trump had repeatedly asked an unnamed adviser why the United States could not use nuclear weapons.

“Buckle the hell up,” Noonan tweeted. “Nuclear deterrence is about balance. Trump is an elephant jumping up and down on one side of the scale. So damn dangerous.”

Before moving to the Foreign Policy Initiative and advising Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush during their campaigns, Noonan served as a Minuteman III nuclear launch officer in the U.S. Air Force.

In a Wednesday morning interview with retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough claimed that Trump allegedly asked why the U.S. could not use nuclear weapons several times during a briefing with an unnamed foreign policy expert.

Top Trump aide Paul Manafort later denied that any such security briefings have been made, saying that it “just didn’t happen.”

Here’s what Noonan had to say, from the perspective of a former nuclear weapons officer:

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