Donald Trump wants talks with Putin, Xi to end ‘uncontrollable arms race’

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Monday proposed future talks with the leaders of China and Russia aimed at halting what he described as an “uncontrollable” arms race. Trump’s comment follows an October announcement in which he said he would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a Cold War deal with Russia to cut missile numbers.

Critics say the move, which has not been finalised, would spark a new arms race with Russia. Trump at the time said he would build up America’s nuclear stockpile “until people come to their senses”.  In an early morning tweet on Monday, the President said: :I am certain that, at some time in the future, President Xi and I, together with President Putin of Russia, will start talking about a meaningful halt to what has become a major and uncontrollable Arms Race.”

“The US spent 716 Billion Dollars this year. Crazy!” he added. Meanwhile, Trump was overheard saying “get me out of here” to an aide as he left the stage before a group photo at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the latest gaffe by the US President.

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