Trump Suggests US, China, and Russia Reach Deal on Military Spending

Says money would be much better spent elsewhere

In surprising comments today during talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, President Trump said that the US, China, and Russia are all spending a lot of money on their militaries, and nuclear weapons. He suggested the three nations should reach a deal to spend less on arms, and more on long-term peace.

“I think it’s much better if we all got together and we didn’t make these weapons,” Trump suggested, which is a surprising position for him to have taken since his policy has been so heavily driven by both increasing US arms exports, and trying to convince the world to spend more on militaries to increase arms sales.

“China is spending a lot of money on military, so are we, so is Russia,” Trump said. The US spends by far the most of anyone in the world, with his 2020 military budget shooting for $750 billion.  China is estimated to spend $168 billion, while Russia is spending only $63 billion. Russia has plans to further cut spending going forward as it is.

Of course Trump is also right that all those nations would benefit from spending less on their military, particularly the United States, which is spending well beyond anyone else’s level keeping up a military intervening across the entire planet.

China’s Liu He seemed to embrace the idea, saying it had merit. Trump suggested that such discussions could even be a second track of discussion after finalizing trade negotiations with China.

Getting the three nations to negotiate a more sustainable military budget could allow for a substantial cut of almost $1 trillion annually to be redirected toward something more productive than war, which realistically could be almost anything.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.