This has “bad idea” written all over it.
Courtesy of Axios:
President Trump is looking to Vladimir Putin to close the deal on a pre-election nuclear agreement, a timetable that’s an October surprise even for senior Republicans and some in the White House.
Trump and Putin have discussed arms control in a string of phone calls over the last six months, and they’ve dispatched envoys to negotiate in Vienna. But talks appeared stalled until just a few days ago.
National security adviser Robert O’Brien and his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, met in Geneva on Oct. 2.
The meeting created enough momentum that Trump’s arms control envoy, Marshall Billingslea, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Ryabkov, made last-minute plans to travel to Helsinki — with Billingslea even cutting short a trip to Asia.
On Friday, a source familiar with the discussions said the Trump administration believed it now had an agreement in principle, blessed by Putin and Patrushev, that could be finalized within a week once negotiations resume in earnest.
But Ryabkov countered on Saturday that “there are still huge differences in approaches, including to the central elements of such an agreement.” Talk of an imminent deal is hardly “realistic,” he said.
First off we already had nuclear treaties with Russia that Trump pulled us out of, including the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty put into place by Ronald Reagan.
Secondly, any treaty that is patched together by Trump and Vladimir Putin will definitely favor Russia because Trump is a Kremlin asset.
And because this seems like an insane undertaking this close to an election, I have to imagine that it was Putin’s idea to get a more favorable deal before his puppet is removed from office and he is left facing a no-nonsense Joe Biden.
So not only no, but hell no!