Donald Trump withdrew the signature of the United States, standing under an International Treaty on the arms trade. The President of the United States stated speaking in Indianapolis at the annual meeting of members of the National Rifle Association.
The Treaty, which entered into force on December 24, 2014, introduced for the first time international standards for the trade in conventional arms, ranging from small arms to missiles, tanks, aircraft, and ships. Its purpose was to regulate the supply of weapons to crisis regions.
130 States signed the Treaty, but to date, only 101 have ratified it. Among the countries where ratification has not occurred so far is the United States. The agreement was handed over to the Senate, where it awaits its fate for the fifth year.
“Our administration will never ratify it,” Trump said, calling the conclusion of the Treaty a mistake of his predecessor Barack Obama. According to the US President, the Treaty means interference in the Internal Affairs of the United States and is contrary to the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the right of citizens to carry and store weapons.
The White House issued a statement explaining the US position on this issue. It states that the Treaty is not effective, as 63 countries, including such major exporters of weapons as Russia and China, have not signed it. However, it gives good ground to those who want to limit the sale of US weapons to its allies.