Roughly 3 dozen House Democrats have signed a letter asking President Biden to give up his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.
The letter from Rep. Jimmy Panetta, obtained by Politico reads “vesting one person with this authority entails real risks.”
“Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment,” the letter continues.
“While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so. The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war. Under the current posture of U.S. nuclear forces, that attack would happen in minutes,” the letter adds.
Democrats, including House Speaker Pelosi have previously had expressed concerns about Trump having the “nuclear codes.”
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