Markey said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Tuesday that he anxious that President Trump could order a nuclear first strike and plunge the country into a devastating war.
Corker's hearing is the first time since 1976 that either the House or the Senate has discussed the authority and process for the use of nuclear weapons, he said.
"If we saw they were preparing to do so and it was imminent, I could imagine it". "That doesn't mean, over the course of the next several months, one might not develop, but I don't see it today".
"We are concerned that the president 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 United States national-security interests", said Senator Murphy, explaining the reason for the public hearing.
Stephen Schwartz, a nuclear weapons policy expert and the editor of "Atomic Audit", which assesses the costs of the USA nuclear weapons program, said in an interview that the nation is closer than it ever has been in the post-Cold War era to a miscalculation that could lead to nuclear war.
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Retired Gen. Robert Kehler, who previously headed the U.S.'s command that would be in charge of the nuclear arsenal during a war, said while the USA military is obligated to follow legal orders, it is not duty bound to adhere to illegal ones. "I think they can still realize that Donald Trump can launch nuclear codes just as easily as he can use his Twitter account without the check and balance of the United States Congress".
Brian McKeon, a top Pentagon official under former President Barack Obama, acknowledged under questioning from committee members that an officer in the chain of command who refused to comply with a presidential order would face removal. Edward Markey, D-Mass, said. "There are no checks on the president's authority".
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For the first time in more than 40 years, the US Congress is examining the president's authority to launch a nuclear attack.
Congress should step carefully when debating legislative controls to the president's ability to use nuclear weapons, the panelists cautioned.
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The Massachusetts Democrat continued to press the issue and urged support for legislation, which would bar any American president from launching a nuclear weapon without congressional approval, as the Senate Foreign Relations committee heard testimony on nuclear weapons authority. Corker has since been working with Sens.
The quick-reaction system was designed during the Cold War to put the nuclear forces on hair-trigger alert, given that a Soviet Union attack could obliterate the nation's defenses - and leadership - in 30 minutes or less.
"There are legitimate disputes when it comes to the power of the president and the power of Congress", Sen. He warned "every single word that's uttered in this hearing is going to be analyzed in Pyongyang", and might lead the North Korea government to question the U.S.' resolve to deter the regime's nuclear aggression.
"Doesn't it also suggest it's important for the commander in chief to also be cautious in how he talks about this issue so there is not a miscalculation on the part of our aggressors who would do us harm about what the real intent here is?" Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
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