USA Today article A key component of the United States Chemical Weapons Control Board has pulled its research into the controversial weapon that has been used against Syria and Iraq.
In a letter to scientists who submitted research proposals for the board’s research center, the Chemical Weapons Board said that while its research was essential for future chemical weapons destruction and deterrence, it did not have the resources to carry out the research in the timeframe it had requested.
The letter, sent Thursday, also said that it would be “inappropriate” to continue funding its chemical weapons program without the support of Congress, and that it has been in discussions with lawmakers about its funding priorities.
The board’s decision comes as President Donald Trump and his national security adviser, Lt.
Gen. H.R. McMaster, are at odds over the agency’s ability to carry through with the plan to disarm the chemical weapons.
While the board has long supported the Trump administration’s plan to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, some members of Congress have expressed concern that the chemical weapon program could be “watered down” if Trump withdraws the support for the program.
The Trump administration has also taken aim at the work of the board, with McMaster saying that it had “stolen” the agency from the president’s plan.
“This agency is not the president.
It is not his agency,” McMaster said on Thursday.
“It is the president of the U.S. and we are going to get rid of it.”