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Am hearing Team Trump intends to announce withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty today, hurting stability and US allies. Plans to be announced along with plan to "save" New START, last US-Russia strategic nuke pact which makes clear intent to kill arms control and salt earth after. 1/
For 3 1/2 years, Trump security team dithered and neglected nuclear stability and enabled arms race with Russia. Committed to arms racing, $$ to nuclear contractors and ideologically unable to use proven tools for security - alliances, engagements, agreements and deterrence. 2/
Makes clear next admin has a free hand to review and rewrite nuclear policy. Old bargains broken when GOP fails to comply. Next admin should review all assumptions, programs, strategy, alliance commitments and programs. Need to restore stability essential. 3/
Our message to allies should be your security is our security, and we will work together. Trump message is "if I didn't do it, I don't like it" and good luck and if there is to be an arms race, so be it. No lasting basis for US security. 4/
There is a path forward, that include renewed engagement (with both), fully staffing a USG, recommit to alliances, extend New START, negotiate lower #s with side agreements on missile defense and precise conventional. Lead to lower defense $ and increased security. 5/
Today's Trump team announcement is culmination of years of frustration by group of neo-cons and wannabe cold warriors who know only how to tear down, and are unable to build a lasting basis for US security and stability. This is all they have, but it remains dangerous. end/
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