Matt Knoedler, Washington - The fear that Hawaii residents felt after a false ballistic missile alert was sent in 2018 could now affect all Americans.

That’s according to Congresswoman and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) on Friday, calling President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear arms agreement with Russia the start of a new 20thcentury-style Cold War.

“We face a greater risk of nuclear catastrophe today more than ever before in history,” Gabbard said during a news conference in Washington.

Earlier this month, Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty within six months unless Russia destroys missiles that the White House says violates the deal.

“We can’t be put at a disadvantage of going by a treaty, limiting what we do when somebody else doesn’t go by that treaty,” Trump said.

Gabbard, an active-duty Major in the Hawaii Army National Guard, is a member of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees. 

Rather than scrapping the INF altogether, her proposal would prohibit the use of any U.S. taxpayer dollars for weapons that violate the deal that dates back to 1987.

During the State of the Union Address, Trump indicated that he’s willing to work with Russia and even other nations, namely China, to draw up a new treaty. However, NATO is hoping to salvage the INF.

Gabbard’s resolution has the backing of several groups, including Win Without War, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

“A meaningful medical response is impossible,” said Martin Fleck, Nuclear Weapons Abolition Program Director for the Physicians for Social Responsibility.Therefore, we must prevent a nuclear war at all costs.”

Gabbard’s proposal is the latest example of her peacekeeping, non-interventionalist foreign policy strategy as she launches her own bid for the White House. In this case, pushing for diplomacy over another arms race.

“We must take action to end this new cold war and walk back from the abyss of nuclear war,” Gabbard stressed, “because our very future is at stake.”