'This is crazy': Dem blasts GOP for attacking Milley — a Trump-ordered nuclear strike would’ve been 'illegal'

'This is crazy': Dem blasts GOP for attacking Milley — a Trump-ordered nuclear strike would’ve been 'illegal'
Army Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, at a cake-cutting honoring the 381st birthday of the National Guard and unveiling the new National Guard Bureau Organizational Badge, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2017. The badge is authorized for wear while assigned to the NGB and is not permanently awarded. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) is going on the offensive against Republicans, conservatives, and media attacks against the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, over reports he assembled top Pentagon officials and made them vow to not launch a nuclear strike without him being part of the "procedure." Gen. Milley also spoke with his counterpart in China assuring them the U.S. would not launch an attack in the crazed, waning days of the Trump presidency.

Calling it "crazy," Congressman Lieu, an Air Force Colonel who serves in the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) reserves, says it would have been illegal for then-President Donald Trump to launch a "rogue nuclear first strike" without provocation. He's calling on the press to "slam" Republicans for wrongly saying Trump should have been able to:

Congressman Lieu, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was asked why it would be illegal. Lieu had an easy answer:

Earlier in the week, responding to a tweet from Naval War College Professor of National Security Affairs, Tom Nichols, Congressman Lieu made the same point:

And urged passage of his legislation making it more difficult for a rogue president to launch nuclear weapons:

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