Mr. Trump's "first order" refers to a January 27 presidential memorandum ordering a new Nuclear Posture Review, characterized by the Pentagon as "legislatively mandated" and the basis of nuclear policy.
It's still very much around, unimaginably powerful and ready for use at a moment's notice.
During an early morning Twitter storm Thursday morning, and in between retweeting Fox and Friends and launching another attack against Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump retweeted a poll asking whether he or his predecessor Barack Obama is a better president.
The host then replayed Trump's "fire and fury" rant while highlighting that it was on this day in 1945 when the United States dropped a nuke on Nagasaki.
But while the words were improvised, the "tone and strength" of Trump's comments were agreed on in response to reports that North Korea had mastered technology that could enable its missiles to hit North America.
The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday. Wednesday was the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city of Nagasaki by the US. China, which has been in the middle of US-North Korea negotiations, urged both sides to keep cool heads and avoid escalating the conflict.
For those who didn't live through the Cold War, it's the first time the threat of nuclear attacks has seemed possible, with North Korea announcing a detailed plan to launch ballistic missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam.
Earlier on Wednesday, North Korea said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people and a U.S. military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group. But the Twitter statements and aggressive boasting could just as easily be seen as an unpopular president talking directly to the base that put him in office.
Politics is performance, after all.