Leftists Freak as Trump Considers Withdrawing from Russia Treaty
The left has had a new Russia meltdown, but this one is not about alleged collusion. Instead, this one has to do with President Donald Trump “potentially exit(ing) a major nuclear weapons pact with Russia,” according to The Washington Post.
During an interview with The Washington Post, Vice President Mike Pence shared some insight into the situation. “What we need to do is make sure that we provide for the common defense of the people of the United States of America, and that’s the president’s determination here.”
He also said that while the current nuclear ban “is in the interest of every nation,” any decisions should be based on “the principle that peace comes through strength.”
By putting American interests first and fulfilling constitutional duties, Trump is keeping his campaign promises and doing his job. Thinking ahead and looking at what threats may come next is an important part of both.
And yet, just by Pence saying it is an open matter, not even a done deal, the left is losing their minds. A few samples can easily be found on social media platforms such as Twitter:
“I just heard from God himself and he totally wants nukes in space.”
– Vice President MyPillow Guy, 2022 #VoteBlueToSaveAmerica
— mmmtttomeo (@6igyak) October 23, 2018
Nukes in space.
What could possibly go wrong https://t.co/8PZEWl2Vt5
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) October 23, 2018
Evil dictator going for world domination. He’ll put nukes in space so he can threaten whoever doesn’t bow down to him.This guy is insane.
— lore3440 (@lore3440) October 23, 2018
This open possibility also is in direct contrast to claims of Trump being Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lapdog or puppet. It has been America’s nuclear arsenal that helps keep Russia in-check with theirs.
Putin would not want or encourage the U.S. to put nuclear weapons in space — such a thing is far from in the best interests of Russia or Putin.
It is important to note that all of this talk comes ahead of a slated meeting between Trump and Putin in Paris on Nov. 11. Just days ago, National Security Advisor John Bolton met with Putin and later filled in reporters on what transpired, Reuters reported.
“There’s a new strategic reality out there,” he said about Trump’s possible withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. “In terms of filing the formal notice of withdrawal, that has not been filed but it will be filed in due course. The problem is there are Russian INF violations in Europe now.”
He added, “The threat is not America’s INF withdrawal from the treaty. The threat is Russian missiles already deployed.”
Reuters also reported that “Bolton has said the treaty is outdated because other countries remain free to make intermediate-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles while the United States finds its hands tied. He noted that previous efforts to expand the treaty to include other countries had come to nothing.”
Given that information, Trump has to make some hard decisions about what is the best thing for America to do. Leaving the treaty, which appears to be ineffective, could be in America’s best interest. It may also be, like other moves Trump has made, a catalyst for change that results in net benefits globally.
New and better deals are part and parcel of Trump’s administration. He may be strategically angling for a better deal that ultimately would benefit many nations that may feel threatened by Russia’s nuclear power.
He may have something else in mind. Waiting and watching to see what he actually does is the best way to handle such vague information regarding what he is thinking and going to do. Freaking out is a waste of energy until and unless he does something worth freaking out over.
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