(Tea Party PAC) – President Trump has decided to pull out of the Open Skies Treaty, stating that he’s doing so because of Russian noncompliance.
But what about all of the good vibes between Putin and Trump with all of the collusion? What soured this fantastic relationship that helped the president steal the election from Hillary? I hope you take note of the sarcasm. I’m laying it on pretty thick.
The Open Skies Treaty went into effect in 2002 and it allows the United States and Russia to fly surveillance aircraft over each others’ territory as a means of supposedly increasing transparency.
Here’s more from Breitbart:
However, administration officials say Russia has repeatedly violated the treaty by refusing to allow certain U.S. fights over territory claimed by Moscow.
President Trump told reporters that the U.S. would no longer be a part of the treaty until Russia complied.
“Russia and us have developed a very good relationship. As you know, we worked on the oil problem together. I think we have a very good relationship with Russia. But Russia didn’t adhere to the treaty, so until they adhere, we will pull out,” he said.
While things look a little rocky, President Trump assured everyone that things can still be worked out, so not to fret about the situation.
However, he expressed optimism that the U.S. and Russia could work something out. He said:”There’s a very good chance we’ll make a new agreement or do something to put that agreement back together. When you have an agreement, and the other side doesn’t adhere to the agreement, we’re not going to adhere to it either. But I think something very positive will work out.
The official withdrawal would be in effect for six months from the notification of the withdraw, which is planned for Friday.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. would reconsider withdrawing if Russia returned to full compliance and allowed U.S. flights over Russian-occupied Georgian regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Democrats argued the withdrawal hurt international stability and that the treaty was crucial to arms control with Russia. The treaty was intended to allow the former Cold War rivals U.S. and Russia to deescalate tensions. The treaty includes 34 countries, including U.S. allies in Europe.
Former Obama CIA Director Air Force Gen. (Ret.) Michael Hayden tweeted “This is insane. I was the director of CIA.”
But some experts argued that allowing Russia to cheat was not bringing stability and peace.
Rebeccah Heinrichs, senior fellow at Hudson Institute tweeted:
Giving the Russians what they want tho it’s not in our interests, looking the other way when they cheat, begging them to comply when they don’t even admit to cheating, etc has not brought stability and peace. And yet there are a whole lot of ppl that think that’s what we should do.
Foreign policy is tricky business, something that armchair politicians on social media on both sides of the spectrum don’t seem to grasp. It’s always difficult trying to deal with people, and that’s really what Trump is doing. It’s not an entire country, but a few select people who have been granted power to lead. That doesn’t always mean the nation’s best interest is at heart with individuals like this either.
Anyway, Trump will likely work something out in time.