John Noonan is a conservative national security expert who is considered by many to be a nuclear hawk—and yet the Weekly Standard writer, advisor to Bush and Romney, and former ICBM launch officer is terrified of Trump's reported desire to use nukes in a first-strike capacity. The Republican advisor went on a Twitter rant after TV host Joe Scarborough revealed something a GOP "foreign policy expert" told him:
"Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on the international level went to advise Donald Trump. And three times [Trump] asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked at one point if we had them why can't we use them."
Noonan went on an extended Twitter tirade after this, explaining in very specific terms why the Trump's atomic-level ignorance (he previously failed to answer a question about the "Nuclear Triad"—bombers, submarines, and ICBMs) is so terrifying. He reflected often on his own experience manning Minuteman II missiles: