WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the President-elect's recent suggestion to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal:
"Every American president for nearly four decades has worked to make nuclear weapons less of a threat to humanity. The President-elect’s talk about more nuclear weapons has already raised the threat level for everyone. History has shown us that a country rushing to increase its nuclear arsenal doesn't build peace, but threatens it by spurring arms races and creating more dangerous material that could fall into the wrong hands. I hope Mr. Trump will take a sober look at the ramifications of building more nuclear weapons and exercise greater caution."