WASHINGTON: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke to the highest U.S. navy commander on Friday about taking precautions to make sure that Republican President Donald Trump can not provoke hostilities or order a nuclear strike in his remaining 12 days in workplace.
Pelosi mentioned in a letter to Democratic lawmakers that she spoke to Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about what measures can be found to rein within the Republican president. Trump, offended about his election loss, incited supporters within the days earlier than an invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
“The situation of this unhinged president could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,” Pelosi mentioned in a letter to colleagues.
While Pelosi‘s letter highlights the priority amongst lawmakers about what Trump could attempt to do throughout his remaining time in workplace, there are questions on what Milley or anybody might truly do to cease a president from utilizing nuclear weapons.
“There is no legal way to do this. The president has sole, unfettered authority to order the use of nuclear weapons with no ‘second vote’ required,” mentioned Jeffrey Lewis, a professor on the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in California.
Milley’s workplace mentioned that Pelosi had initiated the decision and Milley “answered her questions regarding the process of nuclear command authority.”
A U.S. official, talking on situation of anonymity, mentioned that any use of nuclear weapons is a extremely deliberative course of.
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace on Jan. 20. Trump mentioned earlier on Friday he wouldn’t attend the inauguration, breaking with long-standing custom in American presidential transitions.
Pelosi, the highest Democrat in Congress, additionally mentioned she had not heard again from Vice President Mike Pence about whether or not he would comply with prime Democrats’ request that he invoke the 25th Amendment to take away Trump from workplace “for his incitement of insurrection and the danger he still poses.”
She mentioned “we still hope to hear from him as soon as possible with a positive answer.”
Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the highest Democrat within the Senate have mentioned that if Pence doesn’t comply with the request, Democrats have been ready to question Trump a second time.