Trump told Reuters that he would love to see a world without nukes. But given that is not reality, Trump says if countries are going to have nukes, then he wants America to be at the top of the pack.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 24, 2017
Now Reuters is reporting that this has ‘scared’ Russian pro-Kremlin politicians who are now worried that Trump will take us back to the Cold War era:
Russian politicians close to the Kremlin said on Friday U.S. President Donald Trump’s declared aim of putting the U.S. nuclear arsenal “at the top of the pack” risked triggering a new Cold War-style arms race between Washington and Moscow.
In an interview with Reuters, Trump said the United States had fallen behind in its nuclear weapons capacity, a situation he said he would reverse, and he said a treaty limiting Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals was a bad deal for Washington.
Russian officials issued no reaction, with Friday a public holiday, but pro-Kremlin politicians expressed consternation about the comments from Trump, who Moscow had hoped would usher in new, friendlier relations between the two countries.
“Trump’s campaign slogan ‘Make America great again’, if that means nuclear supremacy, will return the world to the worst times of the arms race in the ’50s and ’60s,” said Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the international affairs committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament.
The president’s remarks in the interview with Reuters were, Kosachev said in a post on his Facebook page, “arguably Trump’s most alarming statement on the subject of relations with Russia”.
This must really baffle the media. They want to make major conspiracies when it comes to Trump and Russia, but when Trump suggests something like this that Russia doesn’t like, all of a sudden the Kremlin is worth listening to.
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