Reuters reports that tRump, while discussing nuclear weapons arms control during his most recent phone call to Putin, had to pause to ask aides about what new START is. Then he complained that the deal made by the Obama administration was bad and that Putin had outsmarted Obama so the deal should be renegotiated quickly pivoting to the yugeness of his election win. As usual, tRump’s ignorance of anything not Bannon/Jones/Infowars is putting the whole nation at risk, and 175+ other nations are quickly learning how to manipulte tRumpleThinSkin.
New START gives both countries until February 2018 to reduce their deployed strategic nuclear warheads to no more than 1,550, the lowest level in decades. It also limits deployed land- and submarine-based missiles and nuclear-capable bombers. During a debate in the 2016 presidential election, Trump said Russia had “outsmarted” the United States with the treaty, which he called “START-Up.” He asserted incorrectly then that it had allowed Russia to continue to produce nuclear warheads while the United States could not. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he supported the treaty during his Senate confirmation hearings.