In a January 25 interview with ABC News, President Trump shared his reaction to being briefed on the procedures to launch the United States’ massive nuclear arsenal.
"I have confidence that I’ll do the right thing, the right job. But it’s a very, very scary thing."
Yet his cavalier approach to nuclear weapons, confrontational style, and disdain for experts undermines his claim that he will "do the right thing" in a crisis.
We need to restrict Trump’s power to make the ultimate bad decision and unilaterally trigger a nuclear war.
Unfortunately, the president has sole authority to order the launch of roughly 900 of the United States' 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads within minutes—no Congressional authorization is required. Still more weapons are available for launch in the following hours.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) have reintroduced "The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017" would prohibit the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.
We have endorsed this legislation because it underscores the irresponsible and undemocratic nature of U.S. nuclear weapons use protocol.
Contact your Senators and Representative and urge them to become cosponsors of this urgently needed legislation (S. 200 in the Senate, H. 669 in the House) to check the president's authority to launch nuclear weapons.
As President Reagan concluded in 1984, "A nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought."
Posted: February 16, 2017