President Donald Trump said Monday he would withdraw from the nuclear treaty with Russia and continue building up America’s nuclear arsenal.
“Until people come to their senses, we will build it up,” Trump said. “We have more money than anyone else by far.”
The president commented on the issue as he left the White House on Monday, saying he preferred reducing nuclear arms but that Russia was not following the terms of the agreement.
“I’m terminating the agreement because they are violating the agreement,” Trump said.
Trump’s National Security adviser, John Bolton, is currently in Russia, meeting with officials about the future of the treaty. He is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
He also expressed concern that China was not part of the nuclear treaty, saying that they “should be” part of a future agreement.
Trump warned any country from challenging him on nuclear weapons, either by secretly building their nuclear arsenal or by ignoring existing treaties.
“You can’t do that,” he said. “You can’t play that game on me.”