Democrats Float Taking Away Trump's Power to Launch Nuclear Weapons
Democrats floated the idea of taking away President Trump's power to launch a nuclear attack on an enemy, claiming the president is too "unstable" to be trusted with the responsibility.
The concerns come as the administration continues to exchange heated language with North Korea, which has threatened nuclear strikes on the U.S.
"We are concerned that the President of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with US national security interests," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said at a Senate foreign affairs committee hearing on Tuesday.
Murphy was joined by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), who also expressed concern. The chairman of the committee, Republican Senator Bob Corker, who has feuded with Trump, said he wanted to examine the “realities of this system” that gives the president the power to order a nuclear strike.
Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler (ret.) explained that the military "doesn't blindly follow orders."
"Nothing happens automatically," Kehler told the committee, adding that a decision to launch a nuclear weapon must be legal and involves "assessment, review and consultation between the President and key civilian and military leaders, followed by transmission and implementation of any Presidential decision by the forces themselves."