Trump Still Doesn't Know the Basics of Nuclear Policy

Remember, he told a British paper a few weeks ago that he might lift sanctions on Russian Federation over Ukraine in return for a "nuclear-arms reduction deal" - which is precisely what New START is.

"We've picked fights with our oldest friends", Trump declared in his April 2016 foreign policy speech, adding "We've had a president who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies".

I take it as a good sign that he's pushing back against Putin in negotiations, whatever the subject. During the conversation with Trump, Putin spoke about a possibility to prolong the agreement.

Speaking after holding talks at the Kremlin with his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor, Putin said Russian Federation welcomes Trump's statements about his intentions to restore the strained Russia-U.S. ties.

Trump nevertheless makes up policy on the fly.

The letter asks Trump "to pursue a results-oriented, but tough-minded and principled policy toward the Russian Federation". But he challenged the report that Trump did not know what the treaty was, saying the president had merely sought an opinion from an adviser during the conversation, which was conducted through a translator. The illusions of Donald Trump being a friend to Russian Federation are very harmful illusions indeed.

Nine senators from his own Republican party urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to take a "tough-minded" approach to Russian Federation, joining a growing chorus of lawmakers addressing concerns that he might be too conciliatory toward Moscow.

"I don't say that there will never, ever be a change in the future".

Trump did not receive a briefing from Russian Federation experts with the NSC and intelligence agencies before the Putin call, two of the sources said. Either way, if the story's not credible, how can we trust that Trump wasn't briefed beforehand according to traditional protocols, as Reuters's sources claim? But Vice President Mike Pence has suggested that some unspecified future behavior by Vladimir Putin might change things.

"We always welcomed that and we hope that relations will be restored in full in all areas", Putin said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview published Friday in the daily Izvestia that developing "constructive and mutually beneficial bilateral ties will benefit both Russia and the US and have a positive influence on the situation in the world". It went into effect in 2011, and is to last for 10 years with an option to renew for a further five. Stephanopoulos again brought up whether or not Trump has ties to Putin, and Trump again contradicted what he said in the 2013 interview with Roberts.

  • Leroy Wright