Sen. Murphy: Trump So 'Unstable' He May Order Nuclear Strike

Lawmakers US allies seek assurance that Trump won’t rashly launch nuclear strike

Lawmakers US allies seek assurance that Trump won’t rashly launch nuclear strike

"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 US national-security interests", Mr Murphy said in Congress. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTax Foundation: Senate reform bill would cost 6B GOP senators raise concerns over tax plan Dem House candidate apologizes for saying it 'shouldn't take brain cancer' for McCain to show courage MORE (R-Tenn.), has been seen as rebuke of President Trump, given Corker's fierce criticism of the president in recent weeks. During the Oct. 30 hearing, he pressed Mattis on whether he could contemplate a scenario in which Trump authorized a nuclear strike on a country that didn't first launch a nuclear attack on the United States.

"Let's just recognize the exceptional nature of this moment, the discussion that we're having today", he declared.

Going to war is a "heavy responsibility" for elected leaders, and the decision to use nuclear weapons is the "most consequential of all", Sen.

BRUCE BLAIR: There are no safeguards on the president's authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.

The administration is trying to soothe concerns by arguing the existing launch process that presidents have operated under for decades has sufficient checks in place that would discourage Trump from taking imprudent action. A diplomatic source from that country said they were more comfortable following a briefing on the subject.

He says, "This is not specific to anybody".

Kehler was testifying alongside other former officials at the first House or Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on the nuclear command and control structure since 1976.

"It would be a very interesting constitutional situation, I believe".

HARRY TRUMAN: A short time ago, an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima and destroyed its usefulness to the enemy. "I would concede to you that would be a very difficult process and a very difficult conversation".

"To be clear, I would not support changes that would reduce our deterrence of adversaries or reassurance of our allies", Corker, who announced his retirement in September, said.

Kehler said that an order to launch nuclear weapons has to meet the same legal threshold as any other military order, meaning it has to be proportional, necessary and distinguish between combatants and civilians.

If there is a sense that Trump rashly ordered a nuclear launch, multiple sources tell CNN that senior generals would explain the risk of such a move.

"This is a system controlled by human beings".

If the president decided to order a strike, he would identify himself to military officials at the Pentagon with codes unique to him.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is looking into the president's unchecked authority to use nuclear weapons. The commander of U.S. Strategic Command, now Air Force Gen. John Hyten, would brief the president on strike options, and the president would make his decision.

Blair, the former missile launch officer, said there is no way to reverse the president's order.

This is the first time in 41 years the committee is looking specifically at nuclear weapons use.

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