U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
The Independent: Half a million people sign petition to take away Donald Trump's ability to launch nuclear weapons
A bill has been introduced to curtail the president's authority to launch a nuke first
Democratic efforts in Congress to take away nuclear first strike capabilities from President Donald Trump have received a rush of support from voters across the country worried that the president might order an attack in North Korea or elsewhere.
Roughly half a million people have signed a petition supporting a bill reintroduced by two Democrats that would require a declaration of war by Congress before the president could launch an unprovoked nuclear weapon. The president would still retain the power to launch a nuke if a foreign foe attacked first.
“While it is vital for the president to have clear authority to respond to nuclear attacks on the United States, our forces or our allies, no president should have the authority to launch a nuclear first strike without congressional approval,” Senator Ed Markey, who introduced the bill alongside Representative Ted Lieu, said at a press conference.
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WNU Editor: Only half a million have signed this petition? I expected more.