October 9, 2017 The Call: No nuclear first strike on #NorthKorea without congressional approval The head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, has testified we should assume North Korea can attack the U.S. mainland with a nuclear missile. Trump’s response has been a war or words, continuing last weekend with a tweet that North Korea is “making fools of U.S. negotiators” and that “only one thing will work.” This followed North Korea’s interpretation of a previous Trump tweet that the North Korea leader “won’t be around much longer” as “a declaration of war” giving North Korea the right to shoot down U.S. bombers. The situation took on additional uncertainty and dread when Trump told a group of assembled members of the military and their spouses that the gathering represented “the calm before the storm.” On Sunday, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Trump’s reckless threats were interfering with diplomacy and could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” Legislation has been introduced in the House and the Senate which would require Congressional approval for any nuclear first strike. With an unpredictable and ill-informed President desperate for a diversion from the Russia investigation, Congress must assert its Constitutional duty to approve the use of military force before it occurs, and in particular insist on Congressional approval for any first strike with nuclear weapons. Your Action Call your three members of Congress and ask them to support H.R.669/S.200, which requires congressional authorization for the President to launch a nuclear first strike. Talking Points
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
I urge [Rep/Sen____] to support immediate passage of [H.R.669/S.200], which requires Congressional approval for any first use of nuclear weapons by the United States.
Even members of President Trump’s party, Republicans like Senator Corker, are questioning the President’s temperament & judgment.
Congress must do its Constitutional duty and require its authorization for any military action by the president against North Korea or elsewhere.