As Hillary Clinton said during the campaign, a man who can be so easily baited with a tweet can not be trusted with the nuclear launch codes. She was right. And now the Dems are pushing legislation to limit his ability to use nukes.
On Tuesday two Democratic lawmakers reintroduced a bicameral bill that would stop the President from launching a nuclear first strike unless and until Congress makes a declaration of war.
Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) have been opposed to the first strike policy for quite some time. The first strike policy gives the United States the right to launch a preemptive nuclear attack. And now that Trump is in the White House, concerns about this policy have been magnified.
Markey and Lieu put out a joint press release on Tuesday.
“Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) introduced H.R. 669 and S. 200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. This legislation would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. The crucial issue of nuclear “first use” is more urgent than ever now that President Donald Trump has the power to launch a nuclear war at a moment’s notice.”
“It is a frightening reality that the U.S. now has a Commander-in-Chief who has demonstrated ignorance of the nuclear triad, stated his desire to be ‘unpredictable’ with nuclear weapons, and as President-elect was making sweeping statements about U.S. nuclear policy over Twitter. Congress must act to preserve global stability by restricting the circumstances under which the U.S. would be the first nation to use a nuclear weapon. Our Founders created a system of checks and balances, and it is essential for that standard to be applied to the potentially civilization-ending threat of nuclear war.”
Markey and Lieu initially introduced this legislation in September after Trump made careless and concerning statements about using nukes on the campaign trail. And their worries have become even more urgent now that Trump is in the White House.
“Neither President Trump, nor any other president, should be allowed to use nuclear weapons except in response to a nuclear attack. By restricting the first use of nuclear weapons, this legislation enshrines that simple principle into law.”