Reporting on the Senate’s first hearing on the New START agreement, The New York Times Peter Baker reports on May 18th:
The Obama team deflected the criticism, insisting that nothing in the treaty would inhibit missile defense plans.
Specifically, here is what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified:
The treaty does not constrain our missile defense efforts. … Nothing in the New START Treaty constrains our missile defense efforts.
This language mirrors the original White House fact sheet on New Start which read:
The New START Treaty does not contain any constraints on testing, development or deployment of current or planned U.S.