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WATCH: White House says U.S. defense ‘second to none’ after Vladimir Putin brags about missiles

The White House says U.S. defense capabilities “are and will remain second to none” as it responds to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s boasts about developing a new array of nuclear weapons.

Watch White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ remarks in the player above.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Putin “has confirmed what the United States government has known all along”: that Russia has been developing “destabilizing weapons systems for over a decade in direct violations of its treaty obligations.”

She says President Donald Trump understands the threats facing America and says that America is “moving forward to modernize our nuclear arsenal and ensure our capabilities are unmatched.”

Putin claims that Moscow has tested weapons that cannot be intercepted and would make NATO’s missile defense “useless.”