'This unhinged president could not be more dangerous': Pelosi wants to stop Trump from using nuclear codes

'This unhinged president could not be more dangerous': Pelosi wants to stop Trump from using nuclear codes
Nancy Pelosi in 2015, U.S. Department of Labor

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, following the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building by far-right extremists on Wednesday, is calling for President Donald Trump to be removed or face a second impeachment. And she revealed in a "Dear Colleagues" letter sent on Friday morning that she asked Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley what steps he is taking to prevent an "unhinged" and "unbalanced president" from using the United States' nuclear codes during his final days in office.

"The situation of this unhinged president could not be more dangerous," Pelosi wrote in her letter, "and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy."

Although President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration is less than two weeks away, the House Speaker has been stressing that the United States cannot afford to wait until January 20 for Trump to leave the White House — and that he must be removed from office sooner rather than later.

Pelosi wrote, "This morning, I spoke to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike."

The House speaker also noted that she contacted Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the possibility of removing Trump from office via the U.S. Constitution's 25th Amendment.

"As you know," Pelosi wrote, "there is growing momentum around the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which would allow the vice president and a majority of the cabinet to remove the president for his incitement of insurrection and the danger he still poses."

When former Secretary of State Colin Powell — an outspoken Trump critic — appeared on CNN on Thursday, he told "Situation Room" host Wolf Blitzer that he was opposed to removing Trump from office either by impeachment or the 25th Amendment because he saw it as a "distraction" from the important business of getting the U.S. ready for Biden's administration.

Pelosi, however, has a very different perspective and believes that every day Trump remains in the White House is one day too long.

Pelosi wrote, "Nearly 50 years ago, after years of enabling their rogue president, Republicans in Congress finally told President Nixon that it was time to go. Today, following the president's dangerous and seditious acts, Republicans in Congress need to follow that example and call on Trump to depart his office — immediately. If the president does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action."

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close