Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report) – Today Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congressional Representative Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) held a press conference to announce the reintroduction of “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2019” (H.R.669/S.200). The bill was first introduced by Representative Lieu on September 27, 2016, a few weeks before Trump was elected president. Shortly after Trump was inaugurated, Senator Markey and Representative Lieu co-sponsord “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.”
Numerous nuclear arms control leaders were on hand during today’s press conference, urging passage of the bill.
- Representative Lieu stated, “Trump’s brand is to be unpredictable and rash, which is exactly what you don’t want the person who possesses the nuclear football to be.”
- Senator Markey commented, “No American President, and certainly not Donald Trump, should have the power to launch a first use nuclear first strike absent such an attack without explicit Congressional approval.”
- The Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington Representative Stephen Young was quoted as saying, “Giving the president the sole authority to start a nuclear war – using one or even hundreds of nuclear weapons first — is quite literally the most dangerous policy possible. The explicit goal of that policy is to make global annihilation feasible in less than an hour. I wish I were exaggerating. I am not. While the policy is intended to serve as a deterrent, the reality is it leads to the current situation, where a fit of temper by the president could end the world. It is time to change that policy. The bill we are discussing here today would do just that.”
It’s unclear whether or not the Markey-Lieu Nuclear First Use bill is being reintroduced so quickly following the longest shutdown in U.S. history in light of Trump’s continuous threat that he’ll fund his unpopular Southern border wall by declaring a national emergency. By using this persistent threat, Trump is indicating an inability to differentiate between the literal definition of national emergency and delusional interpretation.
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