Sen. Murphy: Trump So 'Unstable' He May Order Nuclear Strike

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

Senator Corker said, "A number of members on both sides of the aisle, on and off the committee, have raised questions about the executive's authorities with respect to war making, the use of nuclear weapons, and from a diplomatic perspective, entering into and terminating agreements with other countries".

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduces Dr. Scott Gottlieb before a Senate Health Education Labor and Pension Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., April 5, 2017.

"This continues a series of hearings to examine these issues and will be the first time since 1976 that this committee or our House counterparts have looked specifically at the authority and process for using US nuclear weapons", Corker, who is from Tennessee, said in his statement.

"Making the decision to go to war of any sort is a heavy responsibility for our nation's elected leaders".

"Many interpret that to mean that the president is actively considering the use of nuclear weapons in order to deal with the threat of North Korea".

"But I would like to explore, as our predecessors in the House did 41 years ago, the realities of this system". "There are no checks on the president's authority".

"No one can veto the president's decision", said Blair, co-founder of Global Zero, an worldwide movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Some members of Congress are pushing for a check on the president's powers, particularly his ability to order a preemptive strike. Ed Markey, D-Mass., would prohibit the president from launching a preemptive nuclear strike without a declaration of war by Congress. "But I believe that congressional oversight does not equate to operational control".

But Trump's aggressive approach toward North Korea continues to raise fears that his rhetoric might backfire and further inflame tensions. He said those comments are fueled by Trump's statements about North Korea, including his remark in August that the USA could respond to Pyongyang with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy, will testify in front of the Senate Foreign Relations committee Tuesday.

"As I have mentioned publicly, this is one in a series of hearings where our committee will examine all of these issues".

Corker's hearing is the first time since 1976 that either the House or the Senate has discussed the authority and process for the use of nuclear weapons, he said. The hearing follows an October 30, hearing with Secretaries Tillerson and Mattis on authorizations for the use of military force.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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