Pelosi proposes banning Trump from preemptively dropping nukes
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged Congress to revise its nuclear protocols during a press conference at the Capitol on Thursday. She offered several ideas for restricting the White House’s ability to launch preemptive strikes, including an outright ban.
“I put this in the category of urgent,” Pelosi said. “We take an oath to protect and defend, and the law under which the president of the United States has authority to exercise first use is one that is ancient.”
Nuclear policy is currently governed by the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, which granted the president and their Cabinet full control over when to use nuclear weapons. The law includes few limits on “first use” strikes, and Pelosi criticized it as outdated. “It was in a different world and now I think it is necessary for us to address it,” the congresswoman from California said.
To prevent spontaneous decisions to end the world, Pelosi proposed expanding the role Cabinet members play when advising the president on nuclear weapon decisions, as well as a blanket ban on non-retaliatory strikes. She expressed particular support for the blanket ban on preemptive use.
Pelosi claimed that her suggestions to restrict the president’s ability to launch nukes has nothing to do with the fact that the secretary of state thinks the current president is a “fucking moron” whom top-ranking senators believe could set the nation “on the path to World War III” at any time. It’s probably crossed her mind, though.