Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Trump's Nuclear Irresponsibility

Oct 16, 2017
the Monday Report

Trump's Nuclear Irresponsibility

Actually, it’s time for the President himself to come to his senses with respect to the terrible threat nuclear weapons pose to the survival of the world as we know it. 

Dear Friend,

President Trump’s threats, bluster and increasingly disturbing behavior are leading Republicans and Democrats alike to question his fitness to single-handedly control America’s massive nuclear arsenal. The lives of billions of innocent people, and the future of the world as we know it, depends on our ability to prevent nuclear war. That’s why I’ve joined numerous colleagues in introducing legislation to stop President Trump – or any future president – from launching a first strike nuclear attack without a Congressional declaration of war as the Constitution requires. 

Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee last week suggested that the president is “setting the country on the path to World War Three.” He may not be far from the truth. Never, since the onset of the Nuclear Age, have we had a president who appears willing – and even eager – to move the Doomsday Clock forward toward world annihilation. The evidence speaks for itself.

When MSNBC host Chris Mathews suggested people might be disturbed to hear a presidential candidate talk about using nuclear weapons, Trump replied, “Then why are we making them? Why do we make them?"

Speaking at the United Nations a few weeks ago, the president threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. Then he publicly accused Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of “wasting his time” by attempting to open negotiations with the North Koreans to defuse a possible nuclear confrontation.
Last week, numerous highly credible reports surfaced that over the summer, the president privately called for a ten-fold increase in U.S. nuclear weapons – even though we already have enough to destroy the world as we know it, and every living thing on it, many times over.

On Friday, the president began undermining the Iran nuclear deal that has prevented Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Despite all evidence to the contrary, and objections from his top military and diplomatic advisors, he’s refused to certify that Iran is complying with the tough provisions of the deal. Instead, he’s sending the international agreement back to Congress, insisting that sanctions be added that would probably open the door to Iran deciding to resume developing a nuclear bomb.

With both Iran and North Korea, the president is missing the all-important component of diplomacy. Many experts agree that by encouraging those nations to pursue nuclear weapons, he’s leaving the U.S. with only two options - either accept their nuclear capabilities or go to war. Cooler and wiser heads must prevail. Our fate and our future depend on it.

We will keep you posted as events proceed. Meanwhile, I want to hear your thoughts. Feel free to contact any of our offices listed below or send me an email.



Full letter can be found HERE.