Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Liz Cheney released the following statement regarding today’s announcement that the United States is formally withdrawing from the INF Treaty.

“I applaud President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the INF treaty. Because of long-standing Russian violations of the treaty, this accord was serving only to limit America’s ability to defend ourselves while our adversaries advanced their capabilities. The Trump Administration is taking the right and necessary step to defend both the security of our nation and that of our NATO allies by formally withdrawing from the INF Treaty. I support President Trump’s actions to recognize the failure of this agreement and advance policies, including the modernization of our nuclear triad, that are necessary for the defense of our nation.”

Background:

  • As far back as 2008 U.S. officials testified before Congress that Russia was not complying with the INF Treaty.
  • In 2014 the Obama Administration officially concluded that Russia violated the treaty.
  • Last November, Congresswoman Cheney led a group of 41 House members in sending a letter to President Trump supporting a U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty.
  • In early December, President Trump gave the Russians gave 60 days to come back into compliance with the treaty. They have failed to do so.