Trump's nuclear remarks test bid to improve Russia ties

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a USA Thank You Tour event in Orlando, FloridaBy Melissa Fares and Andrew Osborn WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump upped the stakes on Friday in a back-and-forth exchange with President Vladimir Putin over nuclear weapons that tested the Republican’s promises to improve relations with Russia. Offering a glimpse of how he might conduct diplomacy after taking office on Jan. 20, Trump reportedly welcomed a nuclear arms race with Russia and China and boasted that the United States would win it. MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski said Trump told her in an off-air phone call: “Let it be an arms race.

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