Representative Ro Khanna made a demand this Wednesday for lawmakers to push forth a measure that prevents President Trump from being able to launch a nuclear strike on North Korea without congressional approval.
Khanna’s remarks follow Trump’s recent claim this past Tuesday that America has a “much bigger” and “more powerful” nuclear arsenal than North Korea, after that country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, stated that he now has a nuclear launch button on the desk in his office.
Another House Democrat, Representative Eric Swalwell, similarly made a demand this Tuesday for lawmakers to have a vote on whether or not Trump is able to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against North Korea.
Congress needs to pass this Monday — on the first day of votes in 2018 — legislation restricting Trump’s ability to launch a preemptive nuclear strike without authorization. https://t.co/8B0AlmSgnu
— Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) January 3, 2018
Democrats in both the House and the Senate have pushed forth a legislation that would disabled the president’s ability to enforce such a strike without getting the approval from lawmakers.
Trump has made numerous threatens regarding the possibility of military action against North Korea, which has recently made significant leaps in its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs over the past year. Reports this Tuesday stated that Pyongyang may be preparing for another missile test.
In a New Year’s Day speech this week, Kim claimed that the international community would be forced to accept the “reality” that North Korea is now a nuclear-armed state capable of destroying the U.S.
Trump’s own tweet about the U.S. nuclear arsenal this Tuesday evening, however, seemed to dismiss that assertion, raising once against the possibility of a military confrontation with North Korea.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un may be the two most dangerous people in the history of of our modern world to have access to nuclear launch codes.