- By Sebastian Lynch
Days before taking office President Trump shocks the world in nuclear arms U-turn and new Russian sanction removal proposal
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Only weeks after calling form nuclear arms expansion and only days before officially taking the office as the new President of the USA, Donald Trump, has told a the British media that he will offer to end sanctions against Russia in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with the Kremlin.
In an interview with The Times of London published late on Monday, Trump said he wanted nuclear weapons arsenals of the world’s two biggest nuclear powers, the United States and Russia, to be “reduced very substantially”.
“They have sanctions on Russia let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it.” Trump was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
However, on December 22 2016 Trump tweeted that the US must “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until the world comes to its senses regarding nukes”.
News of Trump’s plan came as the outgoing US intelligence chief said that Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the US. The international community has long since called the decades long hostility towards Russia from the US as a paranoid over reaction.
Trump at times seems to show a wish to strengthen ties to the world’s geographically largest nation. Whilst many in the outgoing Obama administration have expressed concern over this and deeming his views as naive.
Trump has flip flopped over many key issues already however, leaving no-one truly certain as to what he is really intending. Whilst mostly seen as brash reactionalism with little care or planning some see this as the ultimate political poker face, keeping the international community guessing. The danger with creating political uncertainty howere, as the UK has seen over Brexit, is that uncertainty causes instability and economic crises.
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