Corker to Hold Hearing on Trump’s Nuclear Authority

By on November 9, 2017
Sen. Bob Corker

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) says he will hold a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on November 14 to examine President Trump’s ability to authorize nuclear weapon use.

It’s one of the first concrete moves in Congress to examine the limits of the Trump’s executive power, and it should surprise no one that Corker is at the forefront of the movement. He has previously said that the president is putting the country “on the path to World War III,” and it appears that statement wasn’t an empty sentiment.

“A number of members both on and off our committee have raised questions about the authorities of the legislative and executive branches with respect to war making, the use of nuclear weapons, and conducting foreign policy overall,” Corker told CNBC News. “This continues a series of hearings to examine those 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 U.S. nuclear weapons. This discussion is long overdue, and we look forward to examining this critical issue.”

Over the past months, Corker has been openly critical of Trump and has referred to the White House as an “adult day care” in tweets. He also said that the President lacked the “competence” to hold his office when he responded to the Charlottesville attacks by blaming “many sides” and referred to white nationalists as “very nice people” after the murder of Heather Heyer.

Trump recently warned the North Korean government not to test the United States with further threats and nuclear tests. Words have been the only barbs thrown so far in the conflict, but some such as Corker fear the President may be willing to resort to drastic, ill-conceived measures (such as nuclear weapons) to deal with the North Korean threat, which is presumably why he wants his committee to examine the President’s ability to launch a nuclear assault.