He remembers a meeting in 2018 with the first minister, Theresa may, during which a British official referred to the UK as a “nuclear power”. Trump replied: “Oh, you are a nuclear power?” in a tone of voice that made Bolton think that it was “not a joke”, according to the Washington Post excerpt from the book.The united KINGDOM first tested a nuclear warhead in 1952, and its submarine-based deterrent is based on US Trident missiles.
A former U.S. official describes a similar conversation with May when Trump made a state visit to the UK in June 2019.
“He said to May, the number one existential threat is still nuclear weapons, and not climate change or these other issues that all the others were raising,” the former official told the Guardian.
When asked how this might affect the UK deterrent, the official said Trump taken aback by the question.
“From his point of view, this was all about the usa and Russia,” the official said. “It doesn’t really factor in the other countries.”