Twenty-five years ago, after learning that one of us had been named by President Bush to lead the American team at the strategic arms talks, Donald Trump approached and said: “I should have your job. I’m a great negotiator.” Now he’s got the chance.
Richard Burt is the Co-Chair of the Nuclear Crisis Group and the former U.S. Chief Negotiator of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Jon Wolfsthal is Director of the Nuclear Crisis Group and Senior Advisor to Global Zero. He was senior director for arms control and nonproliferation at the National Security Council.