Senators deadlock in debate over whether to restrain Trump's nuclear launch authority

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:44:13 AM. Senators trying to prevent President Donald Trump from launching an unprovoked nuclear attack were stymied Tuesday.
Senators trying to prevent President from launching an unprovoked nuclear attack were stymied Tuesday, after a panel of experts warned them against rewriting laws to restrain a commander in chief many worry is impulsive and unpredictable enough to start a devastating international crisis. Foreign Relations Committee chairman , R-Tenn., who has said Trump's threats to global rivals could put the country "on the path to World War III," began Tuesday's session warning of the inherent danger in a system where the president has "sole authority" to give launch orders there are "no way to revoke." By the time Corker emerged from the hearing — the first to address the president's nuclear authority in over four decades — he was at a loss for what to do next. "I do not see a legislative solution today," Corker told reporters. "That doesn't mean, over the course of the next several months, one might not develop, but I don't see it today." Trump's shifting posture on how to address nuclear threats has made lawmakers in both parties uneasy, particularly as the crisis over North Korea's ambitions escalates. Republicans and criticized Trump this summer for promising to use "fire and fury" against the regime in Pyongyang if it made any more nuclear threats against the United States; more recently, they have questioned him for taking to Twitter to call the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "short and fat." "We are concerned that the president of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile,...Read more
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