Hirono: ‘There Is Going to Be a New Arms Race’

Hirono: ‘There Is Going to Be a New Arms Race’

August 21, 2019

On MSNBC’s Live Tuesday, Sen. Mazie Hirono claimed that since President Trump has pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, “there is going to be a new arms race.”

“The president’s unilateral decision to get out of the INF means there is going to be a new arms race and already you saw that with the testing of the missiles off the coast of California,” Hirono said. “And so you think that China and Russia are not paying attention? They are going to begin to do these intermediate missile testings themselves. Do we need that at a time when the tensions are already high between our country and China as well as Russia? No. This is not what we need.

“We need to be looking for diplomatic ways to tamp down the tensions that are arising all around the globe, thanks to this president’s unilateral actions pulling us out of all kinds of agreements and treaties, including, by the way, as you well know, the Iran nuclear treaty.”

Actually, what we need – and have – is a president who has the will to protect America from agreements that run against our interests – like the Iran nuclear treaty.

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