U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement regarding President Obama telling Russia's president he needs "flexibility" on missile defense. Earlier this week Vitter co-signed a letter from Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and 41 other Senators to President Obama asking him to further explain his position and stated they will oppose any efforts to arbitrarily limit the United States' missile defense capabilities or pursue ill-advised nuclear arms reductions.
"It's amazing what President Obama says when he doesn't think the mics are on -- the truth," Vitter said. "It's pretty clear that, if he is given a second term, he'll walk away from missile defense and helping protect our close allies in Europe right when the threat is greatest, particularly from Iran."
Vitter, who has a seat on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, is also on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee which has jurisdiction over missile defense, nuclear weapons and deterrence and space programs.