President-elect Donald Trump reportedly said, “Let it be an arms race,” regarding his tweet calling for building up the United States’ nuclear capability.

“We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all,” Trump told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, the host of “Morning Joe” said early Friday.

The incoming Republican president called for strengthening and expanding U.S. nuclear capabilities in his Thursday morning tweet.

“The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes,” Trump said, without offering details as to what prompted his tweet.

Earlier Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country needed to “strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces.”

Sean Spicer, Trump’s newly named press secretary, said the same day in an interview on NBC’s “Today” that “there is not going to be” an arms race.

“There’s not going to be [an arms race] because he is going to ensure other countries get the message he is not going to sit back and allow that,” Spicer said. “What’s going to happen is they will all come to their senses and we will all be just fine.”

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