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Trump Threatens Putin With Arms Race, Building Anti-Russia Coalition

"I'll win," the president warned the Russian leader.

By NTK Staff | 03.30.2018 @9:00am
Trump Threatens Putin With Arms Race, Building Anti-Russia Coalition

In a call last week, President Trump reportedly told Russian leader Vladimir Putin that the United States is prepared to engage in an arms race with Russia if Putin continues to antagonize the west.

“If you want to have an arms race, we can do that,” Trump said, according to NBC News. “But I’ll win.”

Earlier reports of the call indicated that Trump and Putin experienced a much friendlier conversation, with the American president congratulating his Russian counterpart on his recent election win.

But it didn’t exactly go that way:

Two officials said Trump told Putin during a phone call last week after Putin’s re-election: “If you want to have an arms race we can do that, but I’ll win.” Trump added that he hoped that Putin’s comments were just election rhetoric and bragged that he’d just secured a $700 billion defense budget, the largest the U.S. has ever had, he said, according to one of the officials.

While the president has been loathe to criticize the Russian leader in public, he has privately increased pressure on Moscow, according to the report. The president even contacted leaders of traditional U.S. allies to maintain a united front against Russian ambitions.

Putin’s claim earlier this month that Russia has new nuclear-capable weapons that could hit the U.S., a threat he underscored with video simulating an attack, “really got under the president’s skin,” one official said.

So much so that after hearing Putin’s speech, Trump called the leaders of France, Germany and the U.K. to say the Russian leader sounded dangerous, so the four of them needed to stick together, according to a White House official familiar with the calls.

Still, Trump’s critics continue to insist that the president is subservient to Putin due to some “nefarious roots that are somehow entwined with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election,” NBC reported.

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