Sen­a­tors warned on aim to zap launch-or­der law

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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.

PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP

Sen. Bob Corker said, “I do not see a leg­isla­tive so­lu­tion to­day” to a con­cern about Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

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