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Donald Trump, in an appearance this week before a most-appreciative crowd, signed a document which removed the United States as a signatory of a global gun treaty.
Trump, as he is gearing up for his bid for re-election, appeared before a crowd of supporters of the National Rifle Association, or NRA.
NRA support played an important role in Trump’s first run, in 2016, which landed him in the White House.
Specifically, Friday in Indianapolis, Trump signed a document related to the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
“As part of this decision, I will sign right now, in front of a lot of witnesses, a lot — there are a lot of witnesses — a message asking the Senate to discontinue the treaty ratification process and to return the now rejected treaty right back to me in the Oval Office where I will dispose of it,” Trump said to cheers and applause. “By taking these actions, we are reaffirming that American liberty is sacred and that American citizens live by American laws, not the laws of foreign countries. Thank you.”
Trump’s action on the treaty was largely symbolic. While President Barack Obama signed the treaty in 2013, he never sent it to the US Senate for ratification, so it was never in force from a US point-of-view.
Moreover, there is an historical US legal principle that international treaties cannot supercede US laws or the Constitution.