Senators warned on aim to zap launch-order law
any nuclear launch order it determined to be illegal — and there is time to push back against a president in any situation, apart from responding to an imminent attack.
That explanation did not satisfy committee Democrats, who insisted Trump’s behavior, and what they identify as his habit of nominating and hiring administration officials who defer to his worldview, means any internal resistance “does not offer real resistance if the president absolutely insists upon his way,” said Sen. Edward Markey , D-Mass.
“It should be the congressional prerogative to declare nuclear war,” added Markey, who has written a bill to ban the president from being able to launch a first nuclear strike against North Korea without the authorization of Congress.
Only three other Democrats have co-sponsored it.
In recent months, lawmakers have insisted the president seek Congress’ approval before revoking any sanctions against Russia. Momentum is also building for a new authorization for use of military force to address the military’s current and future operations against the Islamic State and other extremist groups.
Sen. Bob Corker said, “I do not see a legislative solution today” to a concern about President Donald Trump.