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The Boston Globe: Markey wants to curb Trump’s power to launch nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON — Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey wants to strip President Trump’s power to launch a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.

A bill Markey filed Tuesday, also introduced in the House by Representative Ted Lieu of California, comes amid fears over Trump’s comments on nuclear weapons.

The bill is mostly a political statement, with little chance of passage. It would radically alter long-standing US military strategy concerning a nuclear first strike, and, in a GOP-controlled Congress, is unlikely to win favor.

“Nuclear war poses the gravest risk to human survival,” Markey said in a statement. “Yet, President Trump has suggested that he would consider launching nuclear attacks against terrorists. Unfortunately, by maintaining the option of using nuclear weapons first in a conflict, U.S. policy provides him with that power.”