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Congress should have a say on nuclear first strike

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File photo of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Credit: AFP / Getty Images

Congress should have a say on first strike

Each week, a new illustration indicating erratic behavior in the Oval Office surfaces [“Wiretap uproar,” News, March 6]. Questions about connections with Russia gave way to claims by the president that his Trump Tower offices were wiretapped at the instruction of President Barack Obama.

These outbursts have created serious questions about President Donald Trump’s ability to manage the complex issues facing our country and have alarmed our allies.

Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, has introduced a bill that would require Congress to approve any attempt to launch a nuclear first strike by the president while not eliminating his ability to unilaterally respond to an attack on the United States. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, has introduced a similar bill in the Senate.

I believe these to be common-sense measures, and I’ve written to Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in support.

Michael Seigel, Huntington


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