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

Lester Mason
November 14, 2017

Bob Corker, said members of the Senate from both parties had raised questions about the role of the executive and legislative branches in authorizing the use of nuclear weapons.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing is titled Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons.

In a statement last week, the committee's chairman, Republican Sen.

The exceedingly rare hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came after Trump threatened North Korea with military force, including his declaration that Pyongyang would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

The last time Congress debated this issue was over a four-day hearing in March 1976.

Tuesday's hearing reflected the "exceptional nature" of the present context, said Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from CT.

"We are concerned that the president 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 USA national-security interests", Murphy said.

"It boggles the mind that there is not at least one Constitutional office holder that has to be consulted before a nuclear strike is ordered", he said. He added that if he was uncertain of the legality, he would consult his own advisers.

Under certain circumstances, he explained: "I would have said, 'I'm not ready to proceed'".

"Then what happens?" asked Sen.

"I don't know", Kehler replied, to nervous laughter in the committee chambers.

Retired Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, who previously served as the commander of US Strategic Command under President Barack Obama, explained that there are layers of safeguards within the current system created to ensure any order is both legal and proportionally appropriate.

Dr. Peter Feaver, a professor of public policy and political science at Duke University, also highlighted the point that any nuclear launch would be preceded by a review and consultation process.

Corker has become a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and referred to the White House as an "adult day-care center" in a Tweet. The Tennessee Republican, who said he won't seek re-election next year, has had a public feud with Trump, calling the White House an "adult day-care center" and saying the USA secretaries of state and defense are "the people that help separate our country from chaos".

"If we are under attack, the president would have the authority under Article 2 to defend the country and there's no distinction between his authority to use conventional or nuclear weapons in response to such an attack", McKeon told lawmakers. The measures, though, have not advanced in the Republican-controlled Congress. "And the decision to use nuclear weapons is the most consequential of all". The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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