Pres. Trump has complete, unchecked authority to use nuclear weapons

Evrard Martin
Août 12, 2017

Kim accused Trump of spouting nonsense and said "sound dialogue" is not possible with a person "bereft of reason, and only absolute force can work on him", which drew a fair bit of attention in the press.

Trump remained out of public sight Wednesday at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where he is spending most of a 17-day working vacation.

The issue came to the fore again this week when US intelligence analysts assessed that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources, which would bring the country a significant step closer to being able to fire a nuclear-tipped warhead at the USA or its allies.

KK: You've said "there are zero good military options against North Korea".

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: President Trump has basically drawn a red line saying that he'll never allow North Korea to have an ICBM missile that can hit America with a nuclear weapon on top. If he doesn't get repeal and replace done and if he doesn't get taxes done - meaning cuts and reform - and if he doesn't get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure - if he doesn't get them done, then you could ask me that question.

CORNISH: Let's start with the comments on North Korea. "If he does something with Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before, what will happen to North Korea".

While Trump reiterated his warnings that he would not allow North Korea to threaten the U.S., he did stress his desire to find a peaceful resolution to the standoff.

Now to the latest war of words with North Korea.

That's even more true with a country like North Korea, whose leaders have minimal contact with Americans.

TL: If he does it without congressional authorization and it's not in self-defense, yes I think that would provide grounds for impeachment. While the US has daunting nuclear power, the Pentagons program has been beset with morale, training, discipline and resource problems. "I said for reporters to force our chief diplomat, the wonderful Rex Tillerson, to give details of military options is nonsensical".

Meanwhile, US military forces "stand ready" to safeguard Guam after the North threatened to fire ballistic missiles toward the American Pacific island territory, the White House said.

Instead, Gorka said he was criticizing journalists "who are forcing our chief diplomat into a position where they are demanding he makes the military case for action when that is not the mandate of the secretary of state".

The report quotes Xi as saying: "At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula". At some point either Trump is going to have to reverse himself and damage credibility, or he's going to feel compelled to execute on those threats, which could cost the lives of a lot of people.

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