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What did mikhail gorbachev really think of donald trump


Mikhail Gorbachev thought Donald Trump was reckless and said Trump’s nuclear disarmament ideas were not the work of “a great mind.” In 2018, Gorbachev told Interfax (via The New York Times) that Trump’s decision to withdraw from a Russian nuclear disarmament treaty that he helped build was “very strange.” The 87-year-old leader said, “Do they really not understand in Washington what this can lead to?” Gorbachev and President Ronald Reagan signed the treaty that Trump wanted to withdraw from in 1987. The former Russian president told Interfax, “All agreements aimed at nuclear disarmament and limiting nuclear weapons must be preserved, for the sake of preserving life on earth.”

In 2017, the former Russian leader was growing worried about war and appeared concerned that Vladimir Putin and Trump were going in the wrong direction on nuclear weapons. Gorbachev asserted in an essay for TIME that “the presidents of two nations that hold over 90% of the world’s nuclear arsenals,” advocating for the United Nations to condemn nuclear war. The Washington Post reported that Trump discarded Gorbachev’s advice and tweeted, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability.”

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.

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