Trump defends ‘fine, fair and lawful’ uranium deal with Russia
Posted On July 4, 2021
The White House defended President Donald Trump’s decision to sign a $1.6 billion nuclear deal with a Russian company with which the United States has an active treaty.
Trump’s announcement of the uranium deal on Monday came a day after a congressional panel voted to investigate the deal by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the deal with Rosatom, the state-owned nuclear energy giant, in a 45-3 vote Tuesday, after hearing testimony from lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.
“The President believes the agreement will support the US and our allies,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
“As part of this agreement, we will have an active and secure supply of highly enriched uranium from the United Nations.”
Trump has previously said he signed the deal because of his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The deal will give Rosatom access to the US nuclear stockpile, which the Kremlin considers a vital tool in its fight against the Islamic State group.
Rosatom also is building a nuclear plant in Kentucky that could be used to create a nuclear fuel core, which would help make the fuel more stable.
Trump, however, has not commented on whether he thinks the agreement is legal.