In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald #Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the #United States, according to two U.S. officials and one former U.S. official with knowledge of the call.
When Putin raised the possibility of extending the 2010 treaty, known as New START, Trump paused to ask his aides in an aside what the treaty was, these sources said.
Trump then told Putin the treaty was one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama administration, saying that New START favored Russia. Trump also talked about his own popularity, the sources said.
“The president’s conversation with President Putin is a private call between the two of them, and I’m going to leave it at that,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said when asked about the accounts of the call.
It has not been previously reported that Trump had conveyed his doubt about New START to Putin in the hour-long call.