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Trump Told a Cheering NRA Crowd That the US Is Withdrawing From a UN Treaty That Regulates the Global Arms Trade
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50664"><span class="small">Sinead Baker, Business Insider</span></a>   
Saturday, 27 April 2019 08:23

Baker writes: "US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the US is withdrawing from a United Nations treaty that regulates the multi-billion dollar arms trade."

The National Rifle Association's annual convention. (photo:
The National Rifle Association's annual convention. (photo:

Trump Told a Cheering NRA Crowd That the US Is Withdrawing From a UN Treaty That Regulates the Global Arms Trade

By Sinead Baker, Business Insider

27 April 19


S President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the US is withdrawing from a United Nations treaty that regulates the multi-billion dollar arms trade.

Trump told a cheering National Rifle Association in Indianapolis on Friday that the Arms Trade Treaty, with regulates the international weapons trade, was "badly misguided" and said that the US was withdrawing its signature.

The US signed the treaty in 2013 under then-President Barack Obama, but never ratified it. The treaty has been ratified by by 101 countries, according to The Associated Press.

Members of the NRA, which have long opposed the treaty, cheered at Trump's announcement, which he made while imploring gun-owners to vote for him during the 2020 presidential election.

In front of thousands, Trump signed a letter telling Congress to halt the ratification of the treaty and then tossed his pen into the crowd.

Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, welcomed the move, The Guardian reported, saying that "Barack Obama and John Kerry tried to force us to accept international gun control under the power of the UN, but Donald Trump has said: 'Not on my watch.'"

Trump said that the treaty would threaten the second amendment.

"My administration will never ratify the UN arms trade treaty," he said. "We're taking our signature back. The United Nations will soon receive a formal notice that America is rejecting this treaty."

Trump said that the US "We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your second amendment freedom."

"I'm officially announcing today that the United States will be revoking the effect of America's signature from this badly misguided treaty."

On Twitter, Trump said that the move would protect "American sovereignty."

In response, the UN said that the treaty is "a landmark achievement in the efforts to ensure responsibility in international arms transfers," The Associated Press reported.

A spokeswoman said that the treaty "is the only global instrument aimed at improving transparency and accountability in the international arms trade."

Sen. Bob Menendez, the most senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, condemned Trump's move as "yet another myopic decision that jeopardizes US security based on false premises and fear-mongering."

"While Americans from all walks of life have come to painfully understand the threat posed by not doing enough to prevent weapons from ending up in the wrong hands, it is disturbing to see this administration turn back the clock on the little progress we have made to prevent illicit arms transfers," he said in a statement.

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+8 # futhark 2019-04-27 10:22
If Mr. Trump possessed that ability to speak coherently on any subject it would be interesting to hear how he thinks that saturating the world with weapons, selling them to any and all with the money to pay, is going to improve America's security. Even a person like myself with no formal training in economics knows that flooding the market with an item drives the price of each unit down, making it easier for any and all to acquire them. Here we are talking about lethal weapons. And why should NRA members cheer a policy that makes it easier for those with antipathy toward America to strike back against us? As with British General Lord Charles Cornwallis' defeat by George Washington in the Battle of Yorktown in 1781, we are witness to "The World Turned Upside Down".
+10 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-04-27 12:31
We sell weapons to our enemies. Got to create enemies faster than we kill them. Gotta keep the War Machine well fed so they can buy politicians that support War. Make a few people rich while we kill Millions.
+7 # HenryS1 2019-04-27 12:52
Trump eschews consistency and public rationality, in favor of weaponizing the worst aspects of human nature to achieve the results he wants.

Do not assume sincerity on his part. He doesn't believe his own lies. His words are calculated for effects, not coherency. In politics, expertly channeled motion wins against reason, as he proves every day.
+1 # ddd-rrr 2019-04-27 15:13
"Smack dab right on!" (except for the minor typo with "emotion" 8^).
What you accurately describe is Trump's modus operandi, and
this should be obvious to, and understood by, everyone!
But, "the stupids" among us appear not to see or
to understand this, and THAT puts in peril
not only our form of government, but
also the safety of the world!
-2 # Questioner 2019-04-27 13:47
Maybe Trump is telling the NRA members what they want to hear, but the real reason for not going forward with the treaty is very different? If the treaty destroys the rights of individuals to possess firearms would that be reason for individuals to be opposed? For the large weapon manufacturers and Trump are billions of dollars at stake?
+5 # futhark 2019-04-27 18:49
Noam Chomsky recently explained on Democracy Now! the Trump phenomenon rather well. He said that the Trump administration' s clients are billionaire and corporations, but the 1% (or less) do not constitute a viable voting block. So the Republicans must appeal to large numbers of people in an insincere, deceptive manner endorsing one or a few positions held by deeply committed constituencies, largely made up of the under-educated. Issues like abortion banning and non-restrictive gun ownership bring in the needed votes from their dupes. These tactics were explained well by their historical chief practitioner in his magnum opus "Mein Kampf".

"The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses."
+1 # ddd-rrr 2019-04-28 10:24
Thank you, "#futhark", for this comment on Noam Chomsky's explanation of what
Trump and the "'Bublicans" have done to achieve success with values and efforts
that benefit mostly the 1%, yet are supported by enough of the fooled "non-thinkers"
to be successfully voted into place in our government. "Yucky", but unfortunately "true"!
0 # rural oregon progressive 2019-04-29 03:18
Not just the "Bublicans"... Plenty Democrats buy into BS promulgated by the neoliberal DNC... And MSM makes sure the masses feed at that trough. It is true that Republican mouth-pieces are the most consistent liars in these debates, but there are far too many elected Democrats that support the same tactics to keep the unwashed masses fooled.
+1 # janie1893 2019-04-28 00:13
+1 # DongiC 2019-04-28 04:37
Evil leaders like Sir Donald have a feel for psychology; they know how to mobilize people and to stimulate their darkest fears. It is almost like an instinct to reach into a crowd's unconscious mind and provoke the most fundamental emotions. Like fear, envy, rage. Hitler had that ability, so does Trump. It is an extraordinarily dangerous talent which often results in vast bloodshed. America approaches a very perilous time. May God help us all.
+2 # BetaTheta 2019-04-28 09:44
Of course the NRA, being a gun industry lobbyist, wants to sell as many guns as possible around the world. Trump also gets the benefit of their clueless members voting for him.