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Is U.S. President-Elect Trump Reigniting the Arms Race With Russia?

Given the increased level of aggression by Russia in recent years, the entire world has been forced to reconsider peace and arms treaties that were signed as far back as the 1970s. If past issues in Ukraine weren’t enough to indicate Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin has something up his sleeve, the current events in Syria should serve has ample warning that things are changing for the worse.

In 1970, the United States and Russia instituted the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which played a key role in putting an end to the arms race between military powers. In 2015, the Obama administration reaffirmed its dedication to the treaty through Secretary of State John Kerry when he told the United Nations,

“I am pleased to stand here today representing a president and an administration that is committed to the vision of a world without nuclear weapons and to taking the prudent actions that are necessary to one day make that possible.”

It’s only been seven weeks since President-elect Donald Trump won the U.S. Presidential election. While its been believed he has a strong friendship with Putin, he has been driven in recent days to state the U.S. might need to reverse its position and start ramping up the country’s nuclear arms program. Yes, that could mean reigniting the arms race with Russia. It would also stand to create a desire in other countries to reestablish its own nuclear arms programs.

In a recent interview with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of the “Morning Joe” show, Trump had this to say: “Let it be an arms race, because we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.” In a tweet, he added ‘The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.’

It remains to be seen if Trump has merely been posturing, but the world have been strong enough to catch the attention of leaders throughout the world.