US Senate Holds Hearing on President's Nuclear Authority

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Tuesday's hearing comes as Trump continues to trade insults with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and amid concerns by some members of Congress about the executive branch's authority to wage war, particularly with nuclear weapons.

"To be clear, I would not support changes that could reduce our deterrence of adversaries or reassurance of allies", Sen.

"This continues a series of hearings to examine these issues and will be the first time since 1976 that this committee or our House counterparts have looked specifically at the authority and process for using USA nuclear weapons", Corker, who is from Tennessee, said in his statement.

Corker said in an interview with the New York Times the president's heated rhetoric toward North Korea could further escalate tensions that could lead to World War III, prompting some nuclear weapons experts to welcome the hearing.

"If we are under attack from a nuclear state using nuclear weapons, that's a different question and the president would have the authority under Article II to respond", he said.

The hearing was called by the Republican Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. Sen. "But I would like to explore ... the realities of this system", he said.

Brian McKeon, the former acting under-secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Defense who testified before the panel, told Markey that he believes the Constitution would require a president to seek congressional approval to launch a nuclear strike in the absence of an attack or imminent threat.

While the President retains constitutional authority to order some military action, Kehler explained that the nuclear decision process "includes assessment, review and consultation between the President and key civilian and military leaders, followed by transmission and implementation of any Presidential decision by the forces themselves".

Bills filed in January by Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Sen. He said those comments are fueled by Trump's statements about North Korea, including his remark in August that the US could respond to Pyongyang with "fire and fury like the world has never seen". Neither piece of legislation has gained any traction in the Republican-controlled Congress. Feaver, who has served under two presidential administrations, was formerly on the National Security Council for President George Bush.

Corker has become a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and referred to the White House as an "adult day-care center" in a Tweet.

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