For the first time in over 40 years, a Senate committee is raising questions if the President of the United States should have the authority to launch a nuclear strike.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by GOP Senator Bob Corker, discussed the issue during a hearing on Tuesday.
One lawmaker, Sen. Chris Murphy, warned Trump is “unstable” and the misuse of the catastrophic weapon is a real possibility.
“We are concerned that the president is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear-weapons strike that is wildly out of step with US national-security interests,” Murphy said.
As the law now stands, Trump has authority not to launch a conventional war without Congressional approval but can order a nuclear strike.
No Trump administration officials attended the meeting.
Watch Sen Murphy’s remarks below via ABC:
Chris Murphy: "We are concerned that the President of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile… that he will order a nuclear weapons strike" that isn't warranted. pic.twitter.com/izGDZUAyJ4
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 14, 2017