Experts Say

A Way Forward for Trump’s Mixed Nuclear Message

The National Interest
February 2, 2017
By James E Doyle

On December 22, 2016 Donald Trump tweeted “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” On January 15, 2017 he stated in an interview with British and German journalists “For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially.” He floated the idea that Russia might join the U.S. in negotiating reductions to nuclear forces in exchange for sanction relief. These contrasting statements appear to purposely shroud the negotiating hand of the President Trump when it comes to nuclear weapons.
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