Delaney on Trump Pulling Out of Nuclear Agreement: The World Should Pray Trump Has a Strategy

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Monday, October 22, 2018

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Delaney on Trump Pulling Out of Nuclear Agreement: The World Should Pray Trump Has a Strategy

 

WASHINGTON – This weekend, President Trump announced that the United States is pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a bilateral treaty between the U.S. and Russia which banned ground-launch nuclear missiles with ranges between 300 and 3,400 miles. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:

“The world should hope that President Trump has a strategy here because we’re dealing with the deadliest weapons in the world. It certainly appears as if Russia has violated the terms of the treaty with its newest missile system, but I am concerned that simply tearing up this treaty will open the door to nuclear weapons proliferation by Russia, which is the last thing that we should want. This decision could reward Russia more than punish them. This announcement is deeply troubling because it has all the hallmarks of the typical Trump move, which is to make a grand gesture and to operate in a very simplistic way but to have no larger strategy and no second, third or fourth move. Moreover, following his decisions to pull out of the Paris Agreement and the Iran Deal, the President continues to demonstrate that under this White House the United States is an unreliable partner at the international table and that our signature on treaties means very little.  The United States, more than any other nation, plays an indispensable role in creating a world that is peaceful and secure and part of that responsibility entails actively working to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world.”

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