Trump’s Head START on New Nuclear Approach

| Walter Pincus
Walter Pincus
Columnist, The Cipher Brief

OPINION — President Trump plans to wait until next year to decide what he will do about the 2010 new START strategic nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, which runs out in February 2021, senior administration officials told a Hudson Institute meeting last Wednesday.

The session drew headlines last week after Defense Intelligence Agency Director, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley Jr. used it to suggest Russia may be capable of — or actually doing — low-yield nuclear testing in possible violation of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.  But It was a later discussion of the President’s rather ambitious arms control ideas that caught my interest.

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The Author is Walter Pincus

Walter Pincus is a Columnist and the Senior National Security Reporter at The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  In 2002, he and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He also won an Emmy in 1981 and the 2010 Arthur Ross Award from the American Academy for Diplomacy.  He can be reached at wpincus@thecipherbrief.com.

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