Trump adviser discussed sanctions with Russian envoy
New START requires the United State and Russian Federation to reduce their deployed strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550 by February 2018. The president also reportedly said New START was one of several "bad deals" with Russian Federation and boasted to Putin of his popularity - this after bragging about his electoral college victory to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. It's unclear if someone could be successfully prosecuted under the act today, but regardless, it does not look good for Trump's top national security adviser to be discussing policy with Russian Federation as the nation is being punished for its alleged efforts to swing the election in Trump's favor. Trump also talked about his own popularity, the sources said.
The White House declined to comment on the phone call to Reuters, and the official account of the call made no mention of the confusion over the New START treaty. Those concerns stem from suspicion of hacking activities that might have been overlooked in previous months, when intelligence officials have suspected the Russians of interfering in last year's elections.
President Donald Trump's attitude and lack of understanding towards United States' most crucial nuclear arms reduction treaty is extremely alarming.
The treaty can be extended until 2021 and Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified before the Senate that he supports the agreement. They supported maintaining the current regime of U.S. sanctions against Russia and the Russian companies, as well as imposing new sanctions if necessary.
SCAN compiled the data by analyzing more than 240,000 articles from Russia's national and regional press, television and radio broadcasts, and online news sites each day in January. Granted, that seems plausible given how oddball some of his diplomatic engagement has been lately, but if Reuters is wrong about how much Trump knows about New START, there's no reason to believe the other key details. A spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel put out a statement that the German government "explained" America's obligations under the Geneva conventions to Trump in a phone call between the two leaders.
The official said Trump has been bothered by the leaks, which the White House finds "very concerning".
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