October 23, 2017 The Call: No nuclear first strike on #NorthKorea without congressional #WarPowers approval With so many Trump distractions, it is too easy to overlook the slide towards the possible ultimate distraction of nuclear war with North Korea. North Korea has said that Trump’s tweets are a declaration of war giving it the right to shoot down US bombers. It was reported Friday that Australia and other countries have received a letter from North Korea declaring itself a nuclear power and accusing Trump of “trying to drive the world into a horrible nuclear disaster.” This week, former CIA Director John Brennan said Trump has escalated tensions with North Korea to a dangerous level and the Cabinet and senior officials may need to step in to constrain him. This is consistent with the comments of Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that Trump’s reckless threats were interfering with diplomacy and could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” Defense One reported that the US is preparing to put nuclear bombers back on a 24 hour alert, a move not seen since the Cold War ended. 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 and judgment.
Congress must do its Constitutional duty and require its authorization for any military action by the president against North Korea or elsewhere.