Dozens of House Dems Ask Biden to Give Up Sole Authority to Launch Nuclear Weapons
A number of House Democrats don’t fully trust Joe Biden with the nuclear launch codes, it would appear.
According to Just The News, a number of House Democrats signed a letter urging Biden to end his sole authority as President to use America’s nuclear weapons. “We respectfully request that you, as president, review ways in which you can end the sole authority you have to launch a nuclear attack, and to install additional checks and balances into the system,” the letter reads, in part.
The letter notes that there have been multiple possible systems proposed and lists several of them. One proposal involves “Requiring additional officials in the line of presidential succession, starting with the vice president and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives — neither of whom can be removed by the president if they disagree — to concur with a launch order, and utilizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s tracking of those officials to ensure prompt communication.”
Rep. Jimmy Panetta elaborated in a tweet: “Vesting a single person with nuclear authority entails real risks. I’m leading a group of my colleagues with Rep. Ted Lieu in calling for reform to our nuclear command-and-control structure. It’s time to install additional checks and balances into this system.”
Vesting a single person with nuclear authority entails real risks. I'm leading a group of my colleagues with @RepTedLieu in calling for reform to our nuclear command-and-control structure. It's time to install additional checks and balances into this system. https://t.co/H9zsmDuVq4
— Rep. Jimmy Panetta (@RepJimmyPanetta) February 23, 2021
Admittedly this is the only action Democrats have made that could make good on Biden’s promise for “unity” – albeit unintentionally – as few Republicans trust him with those codes either.
— Samuel Williams (@votesamuelwill1) February 25, 2021
Isn't this something we can all agree with 👇👇👇
REPORT: 3 dozen Dems urge Biden to ‘relinquish’ his sole authority of Nuclear Weapon launch codeshttps://t.co/EZ1ovpCYJQ
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) February 25, 2021
I wouldn’t give him the code to my garage door opener https://t.co/Oc5OsFShSj
— The BRAD (@TheBRADamerica) February 25, 2021
Pelosi had wanted Donald Trump stripped of the nuclear codes following the January 6th riot, but that still means he got nearly to the end of his presidency before Democrats made any such attempt. Biden didn’t even make it much longer than a month before his own party tried to strip him of that sole authority.
What do they know that we don’t?
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