One MSNBC host is calling for the Senate to tell President Donald J. Trump to heel, citing fears sparked by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who suggested that the president’s actions could start World War III.
On Wednesday’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough said Republican senators need to “take immediate action” to limit President Donald Trump’s “ability to launch nuclear weapons,” and may even want to consider removing him from office.
“Every Republican senator on Capitol Hill has the record before them,” Scarborough said, listing instances in which guests or hosts on his show brought up fears over the president’s actions, and citing times the president has mentioned nuclear weapons.
Circling back to Corker’s comments, Scarborough said, “Having the most powerful Republican on Capitol Hill saying Donald Trump’s erratic words and actions are leading us towards World War III … could lead us towards World War III. They are not pushing back to that reality.”
Scarborough continued his rant, asking at what point the Senate should “step forward as a delegation” and demand assurances from the president.
“A delegation of Republicans need to go over to the White House and tell the president either you assure us that the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the United States Senate is wrong or we are going to take immediate action to limit your ability to launch nuclear weapons?” Scarborough suggested.
“And it won’t be what General Hayden said last year, it will no longer be a system built more for speed than for rationality,” he continued. “These Republicans senators in the middle of October 2017 have that responsibility for millions and millions of Americans and others across the globe. And if they can’t do that, then there’s something called the 25th amendment that they’re going to have to start looking at.”
Scarborough was speaking of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which requires a written declaration that President Trump is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Vice President Mike Pence would then immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as acting president.
Again, citing Corker’s comments, Scarborough said, “This is not acceptable as the status quo. We have the most powerful Republican on Capitol Hill saying the president of the United States could be leading us towards nuclear war. And Republican senators remain silent.”
Scarborough was referencing the phone interview Corker conducted with The New York Times, in which the senator suggested that the president is being handled by his staff and may be leading the country into World War III.
The reporter who conducted the interview said Corker knew he was being recorded and called the senator’s comments a “scorching attack” which was “deliberate and carefully planned.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded yesterday to questions about Corker’s statements, saying, “Look, Senator Corker is certainly entitled to his own opinion, but he’s not entitled to his own facts. The fact is, this president has been an incredibly strong leader on foreign policy and national security, and he’s been a leader on this front. And I think that’s been seen and demonstrated time and time again since he took office.”
You may hear Scarborough’s comments in the video below.
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