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Last Thursday, the DEFCON warning system said that the nuclear threat level was at its lowest, safest level following Donald Trump’s victory of the Presidential election last week. The level was reduced to a 5 from a 3 indicating that the United States likelihood to be involved in a nuclear war is at the lowest possible level. The DEFCON warning website indicates that while any new foreign policy would take months to be reformed, the fact that Trump has been elected has already lightened the relationship with Russia, who had warned a nuclear attack could be eminent if Hillary Clinton was elected.
“The United States took a tentative step toward a more isolationist policy with its recent presidential election,” the DEFCON statement says. “While it will take several months to see how the U.S. reforms its foreign policy, already some world leaders have expressed hope that relations could improve, including Russia and Syria. China and North Korea, however, continue to either cast a wary eye or are outright belligerent.”
“If the new US President keeps to his previous statements, look for the United States to withdraw somewhat from military confrontations in the Middle East and possibly European theatre, though it is highly unlikely it will abandon NATO commitments, and the Ukraine will likely pop up again in the near future,” the statement continues.
As explained on their website, the DEFCON Warning System is “a private enterprise which monitors world events and assesses nuclear threats against the United States by national entities. It is not affiliated with any government agency and does not represent the alert status of any military branch. The public should make their own evaluations and not rely on the DEFCON Warning System for any strategic planning. At all times, citizens are urged to learn what steps to take in the event of a nuclear attack.”
Trump has vowed to strengthen the diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia if elected President. Following his victory, Russian President Vladimir Putin reached out to the President-elect to offer his congratulations. In a statement issued by the Kremlin, Putin shared his positivity towards fixing relations between the two countries.
“Russian President also expressed confidence that building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington, which is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and taking into account the actual position of each other, in the interests of our peoples and the world community,” the statement read.