Senate to hold hearing on Trump’s ability to drop nukes
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on November 14 to review the executive branch’s authority to use nuclear weapons, outgoing Senator Bob Corker announced on Wednesday. Corker explained that many members of Congress have expressed concern about the issue.
“A number of members both on and off our committee have raised questions about the authorities of the legislative and executive branches with respect to war making, the use of nuclear weapons, and conducting foreign policy overall,” Corker, who serves as the committee’s chairman, said in a statement.
The announcement follows Corker’s previous comments that sitting president Donald Trump treats his job like “a reality show,” could set the nation “on the path to WWIII,” and is only contained by “the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, for his part, has reportedly called the president a “fucking moron” in response to Trump’s closed-door demand to increase the nuclear stockpile.
Trump’s tenure and threats on Twitter to bring North Korea “fire and fury like the world has never seen” have sparked new discussions about the post-WWII era law that governs how the United States deploys nukes and grants presidents broad authority over the arsenal. Multiple members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have argued that lawmakers must authorize the use of nuclear weapons, and Senator Nancy Pelosi has informally proposed a blanket ban on all preemptive nuclear strikes.
“This discussion is long overdue, and we look forward to examining this critical issue,” Corker said in his statement.
[h/t: The Hill | photo: Getty]