As a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he serves on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) issued the following statement following the Associated Press's report on Russia's heightened risk of nuclear warfare:
"This rhetoric can be added to a litany of examples that highlight the failure of President Obama's New START Treaty to reduce the likelihood of the use of nuclear weapons. Included in this list is the fact that since New START has come into force, Russia has been able to increase its nuclear armament yet still remain in compliance of treaty terms, which highlights precisely how ineffective the treaty truly is.
"Even as this treaty allows Russia to strengthen their arsenal, President Obama remains hell-bent on weakening our own, while also suspending critical modernization of our strategic forces. By pandering to Russia repeatedly throughout his Administration, this President has managed to weaken our defenses, to betray trusted allies like Poland and the Czech Republic, and to once again put American interests on the backburner."