Did Trump’s ambassador to NATO threaten Russia with preemptive strikes? | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Oct 02, 18
Did Trump’s ambassador to NATO threaten Russia with preemptive strikes? | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Paul Sonne National security reporter focusing on the U.S. military October 2 at 1:55 PM BRUSSELS — The U.S. ambassador to NATO set off alarm bells Tuesday when she suggested that the United States might “take out” Russian missiles that U.S. officials say violate a landmark arms control treaty. Although Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison’s comments were somewhat ambiguous, arms control experts said they could be interpreted to mean a preemptive strike against Russian missiles. Such a move could lead to nuclear war. An official familiar with Hutchison’s thinking later said she did not mean a preemptive strike. Still, the comments drew a furious response from the Russian Foreign Ministry. “The impression is that people making such claims are unaware of the degree of their responsibility and the danger of aggressive rhetoric,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters, the Interfax news agency reported. “Who authorized this dame to make such allegations? The American people? Do ordinary Americans know that they are paying out of their pockets for so-called diplomats who behave so aggressively and destructively?” Asked during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels what the United States might do about a new class of Russian missiles that appear to violate the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, Hutchinson said, “The countermeasures would be to take out the missiles that are in development by Russia in violation of the treaty.” It was unclear whether she meant that the United States would target Russia’s banned missile installations in the event that Moscow doesn’t come back into compliance with the treaty, or whether she was warning that the U

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