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February 24, 2018

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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 am

The Doomsday Clock will undoubtedly have inched closer to midnight since Tricia Moore’s letter of February 16th. Trump’s first weeks in office have provided appalling demonstrations of this administration’s recklessness and incompetence. Consider the following. While hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, he held national security strategy sessions and received confidential security briefings while an army officer carried the “nuclear football” around in plain sight and earshot of paying club members. Trump has expressed his dangerous views on the use of nuclear weapons, including a complete lack of understanding of the nuclear triad, casual threats regarding using nuclear weapons on the battlefield or to combat terrorists and a desire to be “unpredictable” in his use of nuclear weapons. We cannot trust this president to make rational or informed decisions about the safety of our country and the world.

Right now, Trump has unrestricted power to launch thousands of nuclear weapons at will. Fortunately, in January, Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Ted Lieu introduced the Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act (S. 200 & H.R. 669), legislation that would require a congressional declaration of war in order to use nuclear weapons, except in response to an incoming nuclear attack, effectively blocking Trump from starting a nuclear war on a whim or because someone hurts his feelings on Twitter.

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