2 Lawmakers Try to Curb Trump's Ability to Start a War - Page 2

Democrats worried about his rhetoric against North Korea
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2017 8:06 AM CDT

  • A check on Trump: Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to prevent Trump from launching a nuclear strike without authorization from Congress. It has little chance of passing unless Republicans join the effort, but Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Ed Markey say it at least focuses attention on an important issue, reports the Guardian. "As long as President Trump has a Twitter account, we must ensure that he cannot start a war," says Markey.
  • Mattis at DMZ: Defense chief Mattis visited the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea on Friday and emphasized diplomacy. "Our goal is not war," he said, per Reuters. Mattis has been meeting with Asian defense chiefs this week, with the goal of keeping the North Korea situation "firmly in the diplomatic lane for resolution," as he puts it.
  • India can help? The US has been pushing nations to cut ties with North Korea, but India still maintains a small embassy there. Secretary of State Tillerson, currently in India for talks, put a positive spin on that, saying the embassy could be a "conduit for communications" with Pyongyang. Separately, NPR has a longer piece on Tillerson's outreach to India, seen as a valuable counterbalance to China in the region.

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