Argument How President Trump Might Radically Rethink U.S. Nuclear Policy

Argument How President Trump Might Radically Rethink U.S. Nuclear Policy

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During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump was all over the map when it came to nuclear weapons. He would never use them first, he might use them against the Islamic State, and other countries should get them, too. Hillary Clinton talked mainly about what the nation should not do with nuclear weapons, namely, don’t let Trump anywhere near the nuclear launch codes. So much for that.

Now that Trump has won the election, he will need to get serious and specific about nuclear policy. The nation is facing real challenges on the nuclear front, few of which were ever mentioned on the campaign trail.

Yes, we heard about Russia hacking the Clinton campaign’s emails, but not that Moscow is refusing U.S. offers to continue the decades-long, bipartisan process of reducing nuclear arsenals. Trump noted that Russia was rebuilding its nuclear forces but failed to mention that the United States is, too, and plans to spend an unaffordable $1 trillion over the next 30 years to do so. Did either candidate lay out a plan to stop North Korea’s accelerating nuclear program? Nope.

Read  full article at Foreign Policy.

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Tom Z. Collina

Tom Z. Collina is Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation in Washington, DC.

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