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Cotton Statement on Reports the U.S. is Preparing to Withdraw from INF Treaty

October 19, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on reports that National Security Advisor John Bolton is urging President Trump to withdraw from the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty:

"The INF treaty was rightly viewed as a remarkable achievement by President Reagan when it was ratified over 30 years ago. But today, the Russians are openly cheating, and the Chinese are stockpiling missiles because they're not bound by it at all. I've long called for the U.S. to consider whether this treaty still serves our national interest. If these reports are true, I applaud the administration for recognizing that it's time to move on."