President Donald Trump has made questionable decisions throughout his presidency that have had people wondering, “Why would he do that?” Well, this decision may be questioned by many as well.
It was made official on Saturday that the Trump Administration was pulling the United States out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia. This action is only the beginning of a six-month formal withdrawal process that will allow both sides time to change their minds if they want to.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, made the official announcement for the U.S. yesterday, citing Russia’s numerous violations of the treaty in the 30 years that it has been in effect.
The end of the treaty is most likely going to result in the production of more nuclear weapons from both sides, which has multiple countries around the world worried about another nuclear arms race between the former Cold War rivals.
“We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct,” said President Trump in a statement on Friday.
His administration’s viewpoint is that if Russia is not following the deal, then why should we?
But this decision could have to do with more than just Russia as countries like China are building more and more long-range nuclear weapons for their “protection.”
Kremlin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters before the official withdrawal that Russia is disappointed that this happened, but the U.S. had no one but themselves to blame.
The deal which was signed in 1987 barred the U.S. and then Soviet Union from developing ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 310 to 3,400 miles. This eliminated over 3,000 warheads and started the beginning of the end of the Cold War.
But since the Obama Administration, the U.S. has accused Russia of violating the deal and so has most of NATO.
It is currently unclear whether or not European allies will agree with the move or respond, but it is possible that NATO will allow for the U.S. to place ground-launch missiles in Europe. However, that could result in a serious backlash from Russia and Europe.
Only time will tell if this was a good decision from the president, but for now, it is still a questionable one.