President Donald Trump said the same day that he would likely meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. He said a meeting with Putin would most likely materialize. Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov announced Tuesday that there is a preliminary agreement for the two leaders to meet in Paris. A preliminary agreement was reached. The presidential aide added that the duration of the meeting depends on both Presidents. “It will be a normal bilateral meeting,” he said. “We have more money than anybody else, by far. We’ll build it up,” Trump said Oct. 22 about the U.S. nuclear arsenal as he repeated his vow to withdraw from the INF treaty. “Until they come to their senses.”
Trump and Putin (old image)
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, U.S. defense outlays in constant 2016 dollars jumped to $615.6 billion (close to the current level) in 1986 from $402.5 billion in 1980 , this is an increase of about 53 percent. Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze estimated their military expenditure at 19 percent of gross national product in 1998 and President Mikhail Gorbachev put it at 20 percent of GNP in 1990.