Trump's Doubts and Ignorance on Nuclear Treaty Worry Experts

Posted February 11, 2017

In addition, Trump denounced the existing U.S. -Russia treaty (New START) as "a bad deal", although he had to ask his team - during the call - to educate him about the treaty.

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Earlier, US media reported citing anonymous US officials that President Donald Trump criticized the New START treaty in his phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The president's conversation with President Putin is a private call between the two of them, and I'm going to leave it at that", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told Reuters. In a presidential debate a year ago, Trump displayed a tenuous understanding of the deal-or at least of the existence of some nuclear deal between the USA and Russia-when he incorrectly referred to it as "Start UP" and presented a string of erroneous claims about the treaty.

Lugar spent much of his career working on nuclear nonproliferation, successfully working to deactivate more than 7,500 weapons of mass destruction from the former Soviet Union and shepherding the New START treaty through the Senate in 2010.

Typically, before a telephone call with a foreign leader, a president receives a written in-depth briefing paper drafted by National Security Council staff after consultations with the relevant agencies, including the State Department, Pentagon and intelligence agencies, two former senior officials said. It is unclear whether Trump's national security adviser, Mike Flynn, briefed the president before he spoke with Putin. In December, he informed "Morning Joe's" Mika Brzezinski that he welcomes an a nuclear arms race, news the latter broke to the world in Christmas pajamas.

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It is pertinent to mention the public readout of Putin and Trump's first official call after the inauguration does not mention anything about discussion on the nuclear agreement at all.

"It's impossible to overstate the negligence of the president of the United States not knowing basic facts about nuclear policy and arms control", said New Hampshire Sen.

Putin, who is now welcoming Slovenian President Borut Pahor in Russian Federation on an official visit, thanked his guest for his eagerness to host such a meeting, but said that the choice of venue did not depend on Moscow alone.

Here are the limits under the treaty, per the U.S.

As a candidate, Trump was critical of the 2010 agreement.