Trump: Rebuild US nuclear stockpile, New START a ‘one-sided deal’

In an interview with Reuters in which he discussed several key foreign policy issues, President Trump told the news agency of his desire to see the U.S. nuclear arsenal undergo a complete overhaul to both keep pace with friend and foe and establish its potency in front of global threats.

“It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack. We’re never going to fall behind any country, even if it’s a friendly country. We’re never going to fall behind on nuclear power,” Trump told Reuters.

Mr. Trump did not specifically call for an increase to the 6,800 nuclear warheads the U.S. currently maintains, but did question the New START arms-control agreement, which went into effect in 2011.

“Just another bad deal that the country made, whether it’s START, whether it’s the Iran deal . . . We’re going to start making good deals,” Trump revealed.

Concluded by former Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and former President Obama in 2010, New START provides for limitations on missiles, warheads, bombers and deployed and non-deployed launchers through 2021.

Similarly, Mr. Trump did broach several salient issues which affect America’s global standing.  Referring to the threat from North Korea over their repeated ballistic-missile tests, Trump expressed anger with Pyongyang and took the occasion to remind Beijing of their role in reining in Kim Jong-un:

“It’s a very dangerous situation, and China can end it very quickly in my opinion.”

On Europe, Trump re-stated his desire to see NATO member states contribute more money for collective defense and, in a surprising remark, told Reuters he supports the existence of the European Union (EU). Trump had voiced support for the movement to extract the UK’s from the economic bloc in its historic referendum in 2016.

“I’m totally in favor of it.  I think it’s wonderful. If they’re happy, I’m in favor of it,” Trump said of the EU.

 

[Reuters] [RT News] [Photo courtesy Getty Images via Los Angeles Times]