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2138, 09 Feb 17

Trump Condemned Iran Treaty to Putin


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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 White House declined to comment. It referred Reuters to the official White House account issued after the Jan. 28 call, which did not mention the discussion about New START.

The Iran treaty was horrible and a bad deal for America. I’m not sure in what context that came up, but the point is valid.

What is clear is that Trump has a serious leak in his administration. You’ll notice that it seems like almost every conversation he’s had with a foreign leader has had this kind of leak fishing for a “gotcha.” Someone – probably a hacked off insider at the State Department or White House staff – is leaking this stuff. And I don’t care who our president is, he or she needs to be able to have frank conversations with other foreign leaders with the assurance that the conversation will remain private. Trump needs to figure out who the leaker is and fire them. And if they have violated any laws by leaking these conversations (I imagine that they have), then they need to be prosecuted.


2138, 09 February 2017


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Trump is much better at determining right and wrong than previous administration.

  2. penquin

    Not sure if someone who has been divorced multiple times is a really good judge of right and wrong.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    What happened to that being a private matter?   So does perpetual cheating on your wife, stringing her along in a sham marriage, change your mind about determining right and wrong?

  4. Le Roi du Nord

    Bill Clinton hasn’t been in the WH for a looong time.  Get over it.

    And you should be the last person on earth preaching about the difference between right and wrong.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Just interested why this is being used on Trump sinse liberals established marital problems as a “private matter” via Bill Clinton.

    Just curious when that political correctness standard changed?


  6. penquin

    Kevin – you keep confusing me with someone else. I never said anything about private matters nor am I a Clinton supporter.

    But I can answer your last question: It looks like your standards changed about the same time your political party got into the White House.


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