Effective in six months President Trump is withdrawing America from the Open Skies Treaty. The 2002 treaty “allows the pact’s 35 signatories, including the United States and Russia, to fly unarmed observation flights over each other with the intention of providing transparency about military activities to avoid miscalculations that could lead to war.”
The reason for the withdraw is because Russia has failed to comply with the treaty and it could give them an unfair advantage over us. Thankfully Trump puts America first and he doesn’t hold back.
Pompeo and Trump believe Putin and them can come into a new agreement, but until then, Trump isn’t going to adhere to it either.
Thank God for President Trump.
President Trump plans to withdraw from another major arms control agreement, the Open Skies Treaty, citing Russia’s violations of the pact.The Open Skies Treaty allows the pact’s 35 signatories, including the United States and Russia, to fly unarmed observation flights over each other with the intention of providing transparency about military activities to avoid miscalculations that could lead to war.
Trump told reporters at the White House that Washington and Moscow could reach a new agreement following the U.S. withdrawal.
“I think we have a very good relationship with Russia, but Russia didn’t adhere to the treaty,” Trump told reporters before departing for a trip to Michigan. “So, until they adhere, we will pull out.”
“But there’s a very good chance we’ll make a new agreement or do something to put that agreement back together,” the president continued. “I think what’s going to happen is, we’re going to pull out and they’re going to come back and want to make a deal. We’ve had a very good relationship, lately, with Russia.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States will formally submit its notice of intent to withdraw from the agreement on Friday.
“Effective six months from tomorrow, the United States will no longer be a party to the treaty,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We may, however, reconsider our withdrawal should Russia return to full compliance with the treaty.”
The treaty, which went into force in 2002, has long been in the crosshairs of defense hawks, who argue Russian violations give Moscow an unfair advantage over Washington.
“President Trump has made clear that the United States will not remain a party to international agreements that are being violated by the other parties and are no longer in America’s interests,” National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement later Thursday that did not explicitly address the president’s plans.