First Time Since 1976 Foreign Relations Committee Has Looked at President's Ability to Use NuclearÂ Weapons
During a Senate hearing reviewing the powers of the president to order a nuclear strike, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) made clear what many Americans are thinking.
"We are concerned that the President of the United StatesÂ 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. nationalÂ security interests."
.@ChrisMurphyCT: We are concerned Pres. Trump "is so unstable, is so volatileâ€ that he might order nuclear strike that is "wildly out of step" with US national security interests. pic.twitter.com/XddU3Bnir6â€” ABC News (@ABC) November 14, 2017
The hearing was called by the Republican Chairman of theÂ Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. Sen. Corker has become an outspoken critic of the president, although he says Tuesday's hearing was not specific to President Trump.
Other Democrats offered concern as well:
.@SenatorShaheen: We are dealing with a president who has seemed unwilling to accept advice on many issues, and to act based on a Twitter postâ€” Stephen Young (@StephenUCS) November 14, 2017
Tuesday's hearing marks the first time since 1976 since either the House or Senate Foreign Relations CommitteesÂ have examined the president's ability to use nuclear weapons.
Newsweek reports Princeton nuclear expertÂ Bruce Blair tells them,Â â€œWe all need to confront the fact that this system gives one person the God-like power to end the world.â€
â€œFor the first time since the height of the Cold War, the Republican-led Senate is raising the question of the presidentâ€™s authority to launch nuclear weapons.â€ -@mitchellreports pic.twitter.com/DkP0ZbhXomâ€” TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 14, 2017
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