Ted Lieu, Democratic member of the House of the Representatives representing California’s 33rd Congressional District, is urging people to support the new bill that prevents the United States President, Donald Trump, from launching a first strike nuclear strike without congress’ approval.
In the latest video posted on Now This Politics, Lieu explains the problem the country has with nuclear strike process, citing it only depends on just one person. “To launch nuclear weapons in the U.S., you need the approval of the National Command Authority. That sounds really impressive until you look at it. It consists of two people: the president and his political appointee, the secretary of defense,” the congressman said.
“Under the law, the secretary of defense is just supposed to execute the order, can’t even oppose it. So the president simply has to say: ‘I want to launch 4,000 nuclear weapons,’ to me that is flat out unconstitutional.”
Because of this issue, Lieu is now urging people to support bill H.R. 669.
H.R. 669 was first introduced in the house on Jan. 24, 2017. According to the bill, this law “prohibits the President from using the Armed Forces to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless such strike is conducted pursuant to a congressional declaration of war expressly authorizing such strike.”
The pressing threat of war and nuclear strikes came after Trump’s comment of bringing “fire and fury” to North Korea after its continued missile testing in the Korean peninsula despite all the warnings it received from the United Nations and other neighboring countries.
Because of Trump’s recent barrage of rhetoric towards the rogue country, many people seems a bit uneasy especially in regards to the president’s ability to handle the issue with North Korea.
On the poll survey conducted by CBS earlier this month, around 72% people in the US are “uneasy” about a possible conflict with North Korea, while 61% of the population are not comfortable with Trump’s way of handling the issue.