U.S. Military experts are raising concerns about the dangers posed by Donald Trump’s chaotic administration.
Details emerged Thursday about a telephone call held between Russian President Vladimir Putin in which Trump blasted a treaty negotiated under the Obama administration that limits Russia’s nuclear weapons deployments. You read that right. Trump apparently wants Russia to have more nuclear weapons.
Another disturbing fact came to light when Trump, inadvertently, revealed how willfully ignorant he is about foreign policy. During an awkward moment, Trump reportedly paused the call with Putin to ask an aide about the treaty known as START.
At that moment, it became clear that Trump had no idea what the START treaty was or what it covers, alarming military experts, according to a report by the Reuters news agency.
After the news surfaced online, White House press secretary Sean Spicer immediately challenged the report, saying that Trump knew what the treaty was but was merely asking an aide for advice, according to The Washington Post.
The Kremlin on Friday refused to comment on the leaked details of the telephone call.
“I couldn’t confirm this,” Dmitri Peskov, a spokesman for Putin, said in a phone call with journalists. “We’ve already reported everything that we considered necessary about the results of the telephone conversation. We have nothing to add.”
Russia is enthusiastic about Trump’s rhetoric about lifting sanctions and his reexamination of American exceptionalism, a philosophy that Putin has blasted as dangerous.
But the more disturbing element of the call is Trump’s foreign policy on arms control.
“Putin supports disarmament,” Peskov said. But right after winning the election, Trump called for an nuclear arms race and suggested that Japan should get nuclear weapons.