Trump to withdraw US from Open Skies arms treaty

May 22, 2020

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US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he departs the White House for travel to Michigan during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2020.

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he departs the White House for travel to Michigan during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2020.

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US President Donald Trump has decided to pull the US out of the Open Skies arms control treaty that allows nations to fly over one another's territory with surveillance equipment. Former State Department official Alex Bell tells host Marco Werman that the move is more evidence that the White House plans to exit the START Treaty, which limits deployed nuclear missiles. And that could herald a new arms race. Also, slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s sons announced on Twitter that the family will forgive and pardon the killers of their father. Meanwhile, Khashoggi’s fiance, Hatice Cengiz, says she is not accepting any pardon. The World's Marco Werman speaks with Agnes Callamard, the UN official who led the investigation of Khashoggi's murder. Meanwhile, the annual meeting of China's National People's Congress, considered the most important political event of the year, kicked off today. Dominating the meeting so far were the country's economic plans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and a controversial new Hong Kong national security law. And, usually, the center of life during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan is the mosque — but the coronavirus pandemic has changed how it's being celebrated. From Casablanca, Morocco, reporter Lauren Schenkman reports on how Ramadan this year is very different.

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