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Obama Dismisses Palin's Criticism Of Nuclear Policy: She's 'Not Much Of An Expert'

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President Obama dismissed criticism by Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Thursday over his administration's proposal to limit the use of nuclear weapons.

Pointing to Palin's lack of expertise on the policy surrounding nuclear weapons, Obama brushed off Palin's claims that the move would make the U.S. more vulnerable.

"I really have no response. Because last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues," Obama told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "If the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff are comfortable with it, I'm probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin,"

At a Minnesota rally on Wednesday, Palin told Fox News that the White House's vow to limit future use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states made the U.S. less safe. The former Republican vice presidential candidate compared the move to "a school kid asking to be hit."

Palin: No administration in America's history would I think ever have considered such a step that we just found out that President Obama is supporting today.

You know that's kinda like getting out there on the playground, a bunch of kids ready to fight and one of the kids saying 'Go ahead, punch me in the face and I'm not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.'"

The White House unveiled its new Nuclear Posture Review Tuesday. The AP reported the plan's biggest policy changes:

"Under the new plan, the U.S. promises not to use nuclear weapons against countries that don't have them. The policy would not apply to states like North Korea and Iran, however, because of their refusal to cooperate with the international community on nonproliferation standards.

Obama's plan would lessen the role nuclear weapons play in America's defense planning."

Obama met with Stephanopoulos in Prague Thursday, where he signed a new nuclear non-proliferation treaty with Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. Obama's full interview with Stephanopolous will air Friday morning on Good Morning America.

WATCH: Obama brushes off Palin's criticism

During the only debate between the 2008 vice presidential candidates, Palin was asked to explain when--or if---it would be appropriate for the U.S. to use its nuclear weapons.
WATCH: Palin's response

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