Senator Bob Corker oversee a listening to on Tuesday that may look at the president’s authority to launch a nuclear strike.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bob Corker,  who warned only a month in the past that President Trump might be main the nation towards World War III, mentioned Tuesday the time has come for Congress to evaluate “the realities” of the president’s authority to order a nuclear badault.

“To be clear, I would not support changes that could reduce our deterrence of adversaries or rebadurance of allies,” mentioned Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on the opening of a listening to on the president’s powers to launch a nuclear strike.

But Corker the Tennessee Republican famous that it has been greater than 40 years since a congressional committee has reviewed the president’s unchecked powers over the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

“Making the decision to go to war of any sort is a heavy responsibility for our nation’s elected leaders,” Corker mentioned. “And the decision to use nuclear weapons is the most consequential of all.”

Congress must discover “the realities of this system,” he mentioned.

Asked earlier than the listening to if he was apprehensive about Trump getting access to the nation’s nuclear arsenal, Corker mentioned, “This (hearing) is not specific to anybody.”

Tuesday’s listening to comes as Trump continues to commerce insults with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and amid considerations by some members of Congress concerning the government department’s authority to wage struggle, notably with nuclear weapons.

 “The committee is clearly looking for remedies to ensure that a demented president could not unilaterally start a nuclear conflagration,” mentioned Bruce Blair, an professional on nuclear command and management and a badysis scholar on the Program of Science and Global Security at Princeton University.

As commander-in-chief, the president has the only authority to order a nuclear a strike. While current procedures name for the president to seek the advice of first with army and civilian leaders, the ultimate determination rests with him.


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“No one can veto the president’s decision,” mentioned Blair, co-founder of Global Zero, a world motion for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

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Some members of Congress are pushing for a test on the president’s powers, notably his means to order a preemptive strike.

Bills filed in January by Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mbad., would prohibit the president from launching a preemptive nuclear strike and not using a declaration of struggle by Congress. Neither piece of laws has gained any traction within the Republican-controlled Congress.

But Trump’s aggressive method towards North Korea continues to boost fears that his rhetoric would possibly backfire and additional inflame tensions. Trump threatened in August to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” in response to reviews that the communist regime had developed a warhead that might be mounted on a ballistic missile.

In an interview with The New York Times, Corker, Trump’s most outspoken Republican critic in Congress, accused the president of undermining diplomacy efforts by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and warned that the president’s actions might set the nation on the trail to World War III.

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At Tuesday’s listening to, senators had been to listen to from C. Robert Kehler, a retired Air Force normal who served as commander of the United States Strategic Command; Peter D. Feaver, a political science and public coverage professor at Duke University; and Brian McKeon, former appearing underneath secretary for coverage on the Defense Department.

The listening to is one in a sequence the committee is holding on war-making and overseas coverage. Last month, the panel examined whether or not it’s time to replace the decision authorizing the president to order using army pressure in overseas nations.

Corker mentioned afterward that he expects the committee to take up a brand new military-force authorization decision “fairly soon.”

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