WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, following a historic Senate hearing examining the U.S. nuclear launch process and the president’s unbridled authority to use nuclear weapons, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced a bill that would make it the policy of the United States not to use nuclear weapons first.
Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released new numbers showing that the United States is on track to spend more than $1.2 trillion over the next three decades to maintain and upgrade its massive nuclear arsenal.
The President just landed a triple-blow to U.S. national security, American credibility, and the nation’s longstanding alliances. There are no upsides to this decision.
Earlier today, NBC News reported that President Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the US nuclear arsenal during a meeting of the nation’s highest-ranking national security officials, this summer.
Today, members of the Nuclear Crisis Group, led by Ronald Reagan’s chief START negotiator Amb. Richard Burt, Bill Clinton’s Under Secretary of State Amb. Thomas Pickering, and Barack Obama’s Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. (ret.) James E. Cartwright, released a letter urging Donald Trump to stick with the Iran nuclear deal.