>> In his momentous first phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, President Trump slammed a U.S. Russia treaty cutting back on their vast nuclear arsenals, saying it was a bad deal. For the United States, but sources telling Reuters he had to pause the hour long call to ask his aides what the treaty was, Jonathan Landay has the exclusive.
>> He then resumes his conversation with President Putin, talks about his unpopularity, and then starts railing against bad Obama deals, diplomatic deals that his>> Predecessor President Barack Obama made and he said those included the treaty, which President Trump were told, claimed gave advantage to Russia. When you talk to most arms control expert, they would tell you that the treaty treats the United States and Russia equally.
>> The 2010 pact hammered out by former president Barack Obama and then Russian president Dmitri Medvidev gives both countries until February 2018 to cut their deployed warheads to 1,550, the lowest number in decades. It also limits land and submarine base missiles and nuclear capable bombers. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during his confirmation that he supported the treaty, which can be extended five more years if both sides agree.
Putin pushing for the extension during the call. This revelation coming after Trump abruptly ended a call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the same day.>> The significance of this episode is that it raises questions about the degree to which President Trump is briefed, by his subject matter specialist in the National Security Council, before he gets on a call with an important foreign leader.
Sources say he did not receive a briefing from administration Russia expert before the Putin call.