Trump Still Doesn't Know the Basics of Nuclear Policy

Posted February 11, 2017

-Russian relations, expressing respect for Russian leader Vladimir Putin and dismissing allegations of Russian hacking in last year's USA presidential election.

While Trump reportedly didn't know of New START during the call with Putin, he appeared to have at least some grasp of it in October when he used the third presidential debate with Hillary Clinton to state how Russian Federation took advantage of the treaty.

Nine Republican senators have signed a letter calling on President Donald Trump to take a tough stance when dealing with Russian Federation, though they did encourage the president to "seek common ground".

"What consequences will Russian Federation have to deal with if the United States pulls out from the START-3 Treaty?"

New START gives both countries until February 2018 to reduce their deployed strategic nuclear warheads to no more than 1,550, the lowest level in decades.

On Donald Trump's first official call with Vladimir Putin recently, the new president apparently didn't know what the New START Treaty with Russian Federation was, but that didn't stop him from immediately declaring it a bad deal that was unfair to the United States. "I would never take any of my cards off the table", he said. Once clarified, Trump then told Putin that the treaty was "one of several bad deals" coming out of the Obama administration.

It is unknown if Trump received a briefing from national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that it is premature to speak about extending the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) until the discussion between the parties is held.

He now runs an eponymous center that's created to be "a platform for an informed debate on global issues", and said he hopes Trump studies up on the issue before he talks to Putin again.

Reuters's sources claim Trump did not receive the NSC briefing paper before the call.

However, Reuters floats the suggestion that Trump did not even prepare for the Putin call, which is a growing concern about his conversations with other leaders.

When a reporter then pointed out this might lead to a nuclear arms race with Russia, Trump said, "Let it be an arms race".

"This is the most significant arms control agreement in almost two decades", Obama said after the Senate ratified the treaty. But getting along with Putin does not require excusing this campaign of political murder, or suggesting that the US acts similarly. During the conversation with Trump, Putin spoke about a possibility to prolong the agreement.