January 26, 2017 §
As President Donald Trump assumes control of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill in both chambers that would entrust Congress with the power to launch a nuclear first strike. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey and Califonria Rep. Ted Lieu sponsored legislation on Tuesday that would limit Trump’s command over the arsenal, citing the president’s ignorance in nuclear weapons, and his flippant attitude towards using them, as causes for concern.
“Nuclear war poses the gravest risk to human survival,” Markey said in a statement. “Yet, President Trump has suggested that he would consider launching nuclear attacks against terrorists. Unfortunately, by maintaining the option of using nuclear weapons first in a conflict, U.S. policy provides him with that power.”