Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, the US President revealed there would be a “nuclear holocaust would be like no other” if relations between the two superpowers were allowed to deteriorate further.
Following a succession of actions by Russia which could threaten the relations between the two nations, Trump was asked if he felt he was being tested by Vladimir Putin.
Could Russia and the US be set for a nuclear war?
He responded: “It would be so easy for me to [say] the tougher I am on Russia the better.
“We’re a very powerful nuclear country, and so are they.
"If we have a good relationship with Russia, believe me, that's a good thing. Not a bad thing."
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Putin was also accused of deploying a new nuclear missile, which would violate the Cold War arms treaty between the two countries.
Relations between the two leaders appeared to have started well after the White House hailed a “positive call” between Trump and Putin just days after the President was inaugurated.
In a statement, the White House said: “The positive call was a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair.
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The North Korean missile launch last weekend has put world leaders on edge
“Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today's call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern.”
Following an attempted nuclear launch by North Korea on Sunday, nations across the world have been discussing the best way to respond to nuclear threats.
Whether Trump is prepared to launch US missiles to quell the North Korean threat remains to be seen.
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