SPICER: Other countries need to be put on notice that he’s not going to sit back and allow them to undermine our safety, our sovereignty. He is going to match other countries and take action.LAUER: Was this a knee-jerk reaction, a shoot-from-the-hip reaction to Vladimir Putin yesterday saying that he plans to fortify the Russian nuclear arsenal?SPICER: There’s been several countries, Russia among them, that have talked about expanding their nuclear capability. The point that he was making was very clear: Other countries that want to threaten U.S. safety, are not going to sit back and allow this country to not act.LAUER: But if there’s going to be an arms race …SPICER: There’s not going to be! Because he’s going to ensure that other countries get the message that he’s not going to sit back and allow that. And what’s going to happen is, they will come to their senses and we will all be just fine.
December 23, 2016 at 1:16 PM EST