MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” anchor Joe Scarborough unveiled an unnerving issue with a Donald Trump presidency, but one question remained.
Scarborough hosted former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden on the program Wednesday to discuss whether Trump is fit to be president. But it was the bombshell by the host that had social media abuzz.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) August 3, 2016
“Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on the international level went to advise Donald Trump. And three times [Trump] asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked at one point if we had them why can’t we use them,” he said.
Scarborough asked Hayden how quickly a president, in this case Trump, could deploy a nuclear attack if the mood struck him.
“It’s scenario dependent, but the system is designed for speed and decisiveness. It’s not designed to debate the decision,” Hayden said.
But that’s not entirely true. There are ways for a rogue president to be stopped from launching nuclear weapons, as Buzzfeed explained in September with help from the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School.
The President cannot unilaterally use the nuclear codes to launch a nuclear attack, according to a report by Jason Fritz that was commissioned by the International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament. Rather, the United States enforces a two person rule with respect to nuclear activation at every level. At the highest level, this rule requires that the President jointly issue launch orders with the Secretary of Defense. The rule continues down the line, with commanding officers and executive officers working in tandem, and missile operators agreeing on launch order validity.
Other than the typical mainstream media fear mongering that will be prevalent until Election Day, if this was such a big concern for the MSNBC host and he learned about it “months ago” why didn’t he mention it until now.
Particularly because Scarborough was blatantly supportive of the prospect of a Trump presidency for months.
— NewJerseyB (@NewJerseyB) August 3, 2016
@Morning_Joe Why hasn’t anyone mentioned this before if it happened months ago? Why haven’t reporters asked him about it?
— April (@AprilTara) August 3, 2016
— Jim Bazán (@JamesBazan) August 3, 2016
— Marky Mark Twain (@OldManRiver1800) August 3, 2016
So this will drive the news cycle today. Initial Q: why is Scarborough only now reporting this from months ago? https://t.co/dB5relD7gW
— Dean Barker (@deanbarker) August 3, 2016
He’s had this info for THREE months… https://t.co/nFgvT9eIcF
— Kimberley Ramplin (@Kimbo_Ramplin) August 3, 2016
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