Lawmakers Concerned Trump Is Too 'Unstable' to Handle Nuclear Weapons

Lawmakers Concerned Trump Is Too 'Unstable' to Handle Nuclear Weapons”

Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate committee, referenced Trump's claims on previous occasions that he would come after Pyongyang with 'fire and fury' and he would have 'no choice but to totally destroy North Korea' if Kim continues to threaten the United States.

Just last month Corker was claiming that Trump's 'volatility is to anyone who has been around is to a degree alarming.' The retiring senator told the New York Times in an explosive interview that Trump's recklessness could put the U.S. 'on the path to World War III'. "The system for decision is designed to ensure the president consults with the national security council and his other senior civilian and military advisers and I would expect that to occur in every case where the use of nuclear weapons is contemplated".

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrats were especially blunt, when discussing this issue as it pertains to President Trump.

"If there is an illegal order presented to the military, the military is obligated to refuse to follow it. The question is the process leading to that determination and how you arrive at that". And by design, not the military officers who would be duty-bound to execute the order. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTax Foundation: Senate reform bill would cost 6B GOP senators raise concerns over tax plan Dem House candidate apologizes for saying it 'shouldn't take brain cancer' for McCain to show courage MORE (R-Tenn.), has been seen as rebuke of President Trump, given Corker's fierce criticism of the president in recent weeks.

"Yes", Kehler responded, adding such a situation would lead to a "very difficult conversation". The basic legal principles of military necessity, distinction and proportionally apply to nuclear weapons'.

But Corker asserted before the hearing that, "this is not specific to anybody".

A central question surrounding the potential of a nuclear launch is whether it would cause undue widespread human suffering when there are other, less dramatic military options.

In July, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet said that he would launch a nuclear strike on China if President Donald Trump ordered it.

"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 U.S. national security interests", Murphy said. To do otherwise would be considered treasonous.

"The military does not blindly follow orders", he said.

Between all three counties, that's more than 1,900 nuclear warheads.

The president would communicate his decision and transmit his authorization through a device called the nuclear football, a suitcase carried by a military aide.

Kehler said, 'The decision authority relies with the president, however'.

Had he been told to detonate a nuke, and he did not believe the circumstances lived up to that standard, Kehler said he would have told his superiors, namely the secretary of defense, 'I have a question about this'. "It's not the only tool in the tool kit to try to address something like that".

Mattis was asked whether the president could launch a first strike with nuclear weapons, without consulting Congress, against another nuclear-armed country preparing to attack the U.S. "To be clear, I would not support changes that would reduce our deterrence of adversaries or reassurance of our allies. I think that we have to keep trust, keep faith in the system that we have that has proven effective now for decades".

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