In phone call with Putin, Trump reportedly ‘denounces’ New START treaty as a bad deal

In phone call with Putin, Trump reportedly ‘denounces’ New START treaty as a bad deal

[Ed. – That would be the inimitable Trump: right on substance…er, unconventional, on style.  New START is a bad deal.  Obama rushed it through, when the Russians themselves were dragging their heels, in spite of New START’s gutting of key verification measures — not to mention longstanding problems with Russian adherence to START II.]

In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States, according to two U.S. officials and one former U.S. official with knowledge of the call.

When Putin raised the possibility of extending the 2010 treaty, known as New START, Trump paused to ask his aides in an aside what the treaty was, these sources said.

Trump then told Putin the treaty was one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama administration, saying that New START favored Russia. Trump also talked about his own popularity, the sources said.

The White House declined to comment on the details of the call.

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