Se­nate ques­tions Trump nu­clear au­thor­ity

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

For the first time in over 40 years, Congress is ex­am­in­ing a US pres­i­dent’s au­thor­ity to launch a nu­clear at­tack.

The Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee hear­ing is ti­tled Au­thor­ity to Order the Use of Nu­clear Weapons.

The chair­man of the panel ac­cused Pres­i­dent Trump last month of set­ting the US “on a path to World War III”. In Au­gust, Mr Trump vowed to un­leash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea if it con­tin­ued to ex­pand its atomic weapons pro­gramme.

The last time Congress de­bated this is­sue was over a four-day hear­ing in March 1976.

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