Trump Nuclear Weapons Hearing

By Madeleine Sabin

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 7:21 PM PDT

The United States has a long and heated history with North Korea, but it wasn't until Trump’s presidency that we’ve been seriously considering dropping nuclear weapons on them. However, lawmakers, politicians, and senators are concerned that President Trump isn’t in the right state of mind to drop bombs.

On Nov 14th  2017,  for the first time in over 40 years, a Congressional Hearing was held to evaluate whether or not POTUS should have sole control over dropping nuclear weapons, and the future of who should be in control of United States nuclear weapons.

Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat explained his thoughts on the hearing, "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." (BBC).

It is not just Democrats who are concerned about Trumps state of mind. Bob Corker, a Senator out of Tennessee who chairs this committee is concerned that this law giving President Trump sole control is outdated, “The president’s de facto ability to initiate conflict has grown in an age of advanced technology, including the use of unmanned drones, and war from a distance, where large numbers of boots on the ground are not necessary to conduct a very significant military engagement,” Corker told the foreign relations committee.” (NY Post).

So what happened after  this hearing? Well, to reiterate, the President has the “sole authority”, to engage in a nuclear attack, with no required consultations with members of the government. (BBC). This hearing could change the future of this long lasting law, and possibly save the United States from engaging in a full on Nuclear war with North Korea.  

The biggest change in all this was the recent statement of a US General. According to The Guardian:

“Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command (Stratcom), told an audience at the Halifax international security forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order. Hyten, who is responsible for overseeing the US nuclear arsenal, explained the process that would follow such a command.

As head of Stratcom “I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” he said in his remarks, retransmitted in a video posted on the forum’s Facebook page.“And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m going to say, ’Mr President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ’What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.” (The Guardian).

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