Republicans and Democrats would both admit that they have found Mr. Trump to be unpredictable, and staff working closely with the president have revealed that the White House is a chaotic place under his brand of leadership.
Knowing that Trump is loaded canon ready to go off at any moment, on Tuesday, Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) reintroduced a bill that would stop the president from being able to launch a first strike nuclear attack without first having congressional approval.
Rep. Lieu announced the legislation saying that it is needed because:
‘Trump’s brand is to be unpredictable and rash, which is exactly what you don’t want the person who possesses the nuclear football to be.’
He went on to explain:
‘We introduced this bill under the Obama administration but Trump’s presidency has highlighted just how scary it is that any president has the authority to launch a nuke without congressional consultation.’
In January 2018, Mr. Trump issued a tweet taunting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about the size of his nuclear button, claiming that his was “much bigger and more powerful than his.”
Markey also said in his statement that:
‘(NO president) should have the power to launch a first use nuclear first strike absent such an attack without explicit Congressional approval.’
Lieu and Markey have previously attempted to introduce similar legislation, along with Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) who urged lawmakers to pass a bill that stalled in Congress last January.
According to MSN:
‘The legislation, “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2019,” will be introduced by Lieu in the House and Markey in the Senate.’
When Trump made those comments about the nuclear button, The New York Times reported:
‘The president’s tone also generated a mix of scorn and alarm among lawmakers, diplomats and national security experts who called it juvenile and frightening for a president handling a foreign policy challenge with world-wrecking consequences. The language was reminiscent of Mr. Trump’s boast during the 2016 presidential campaign that his hands, and by extension his genitals, were in fact big enough.’
The president’s critics at the time also worried about how it would affect his foreign policy. According to USA Today:
‘President Trump’s critics say his Twitter diplomacy is bad enough – but nuclear diplomacy by tweet could have explosive consequences.’
Nuclear policy expert Joe Cirincione said:
‘Trump’s latest tweets will convince many world leaders that not only is he unstable and unreliable, but potentially truly dangerous.’
Kori Schake, a National Security Council official during the George W. Bush administration said:
‘Not only does the President’s recklessness make war more likely. It will also deprive us of allied support should war come.’
The Democratic-controlled House has also signaled a new era that Mr. Trump is going to be held accountable for his actions and likely crimes he has committed.
The checks and balances are just beginning, and the president is already showing signs that he can’t handle it, especially after caving to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in his decision to sign an agreement to temporarily reopen the government.
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