President Trump was right to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia, holds Eli Lake of Bloomberg. The country has long violated this pact, deploying and testing surface-to-air missiles that are expressly forbidden by it. Additionally, the INF treaty didn’t mention China. Its arsenal would be considered in violation of the pact. Democrats are wrong to criticize Trump here. While fears of a new arms race between the US, Russia and China are well founded, it is already taking place, and this treaty has only limited American production meaningfully.
While Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty warranted a response, canceling it was a bad call, assert Eliot Engel and Adam Smith of CNN. This benefits Vladimir Putin, as he will now be able to blame the deal collapsing, as well as a potential ensuing arms race, on America. Donald Trump also blindsighted vital NATO allies, who were not a part of this rash decision. Instead of opening the door to a new arms race, he should have applied diplomatic pressure with other countries. His decision makes NATO look more divided and therefore weaker.