WASHINGTON: – The Democratic U.S. senators on Tuesday have introduced a bill that would restrict President Trump from launching a nuclear strike on North Korea on his own, highlighting the issue says before the Republican’s first presidential trip to Asia.
The measure adopted by the democrats clearly states that President Trump, or any U.S. president would not be allowed to launch an attack on North Korea, or spend money on a military strike, without the approval of the congress and unless North Korea has first attacked the United States.
Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have been building after a series of nuclear and missile tests by North Korea and bellicose verbal exchanges between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
According to the CIA North Korea could be only months away from developing the ability to hit the ability to hit America with a nuclear explosion, a scenario President Trump has vowed to prevent.
“I worry that the president’s enthusiasm will not be checked by the advisers around him,” Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, the legislation’s lead sponsor, told reporters on a conference call.
Some Republicans have also put forth their concern about Trump’s rhetoric, but none co-sponsored the bill, which has a backing of seven Democrats and Senator Berine Sanders, an independent.
Majorities in both Senate and House are controlled by the Republicans, and there has been no indication that congressional leaders would allow a vote. Measures of a similar kind introduced earlier this year have also failed to prosper.
However, backers said they might try to pass it later this year by introducing it as an amendment to legislation such as a as a must-pass spending bill.
“I have confidence that if this came to a vote on the floor of the Senate, it would prevail,” said Murphy.
Lawmakers have constantly been trying to restore more control over foreign policy from the White House.