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Experts warn Trump’s huge scheme to negotiate ‘all the missiles’ with Russia and China will collapse in failure

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President Donald Trump has been better known for tearing up multilateral deals than creating them. But he has ambitious plans to negotiate a massive nuclear arms control agreement with Russia and China. The deal would upgrade and expand the existing New START Treaty with Russia, which is slated to expire in 2021 absent renewal talks.

“The President has made clear that he thinks that arms control should include Russia and China and should include all the weapons, all the warheads, all the missiles,” said one senior White House official.

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Such a deal would certainly be ambitious, and if successful, likely a defining cornerstone of Trump’s foreign policy legacy. But according to CNN, multiple experts are worried that Trump is slow-walking the negotiation process, and that if he rushes into an attempt to control “all the missiles” without a clear grasp of what he’s doing, he could end up with nothing, and in fact put the United States in a worse position.

Some even worry that Trump is deliberately setting his target too high as a pretext for walking away with no arms control deal at all, letting the United States (and its geopolitical opponents) proliferate weapons as much as they want. Alexandra Bell, the senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, put it bluntly: “The only reason you bring up China is if you have no intention of extending the New START Treaty.”

Lynn Rusten of the Nuclear Threat Initiative fears Trump is taking the talks too close to the expiration deadline of New START. “An overly ambitious approach will be unnecessarily risky,” she said. “You can have the belt and suspenders, and start to lay the groundwork for a more ambitious agreement. But I don’t think getting rid of the belt and suspenders enhances chances of getting the more ambitious agreement.”


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Trump’s is appealing to an electorate that is ‘dissolving before his eyes’: columnist

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Writing in The Atlantic this Thursday, Ronald Brownstein says that Donald Trump is running for reelection for an America that "no longer exists."

"Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly reprised two of Richard Nixon’s most memorable rallying cries, promising to deliver 'law and order' for the 'silent majority,'" Brownstein writes. "But in almost every meaningful way, America today is a radically different country than it was when Nixon rode those arguments to win the presidency in 1968 amid widespread anti-war protests, massive civil unrest following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., white flight from major cities, and rising crime rates. Trump’s attempt to emulate that strategy may only prove how much the country has changed since it succeeded."

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Trump is a friendless ‘psychopath’ who now sees Kavanaugh and Gorsuch as enemies: Art of the Deal ghostwriter

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Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who were nominated by Donald Trump, voted with the majority on Thursday against the president. Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter behind “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” says that the president now views the two Supreme Court justices as his enemies.

“The psychopathy is why he does what he does,” Schwartz told CNN. “He has no conscience and so breaking the law for him is no big deal.”

The Supreme Court rejected claims by Trump's attorneys that the president enjoyed absolute immunity, but the rulings may still allow him to keep his financial records secret until after the November election.

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‘Trump may well face charges’ after Supreme Court gave prosecutors access to financial records: Legal experts

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President Donald Trump could potentially face charges after the Supreme Court dealt him a loss in Trump v. Vance .

The ruling gives Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. the go-ahead to subpoena Trump’s accounting firm as part of his investigation into possible tax crimes involving hush money payments to his mistresses, according to attorneys Norm Eisen and Bassetti in Just Security.

"Trump has significant state law criminal exposure in connection with his hush money payments (for which his fixer Michael Cohen has already gone to jail on federal charges) — and more," the pair wrote. "Trump cannot pardon himself for state law offenses on his way out the door. And the Justice Department’s position that a sitting president cannot be indicted does not bind New York state authorities."

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