House Dem calls for bill to restrict Trump's ability to launch preemptive nukes

House Dem calls for bill to restrict Trump's ability to launch preemptive nukes
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Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaNew Dem star to rattle DC establishment Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill next week FTC Democrat hires tech critic who wrote paper describing Amazon as monopoloy MORE (D-Calif.) called on Wednesday for lawmakers to pass a measure barring President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE from launching a preemptive nuclear strike on North Korea without congressional approval.

Khanna's comments followed Trump's claim on Tuesday that the U.S. has a "much bigger" and "more powerful" nuclear arsenal than that of North Korea, after that country's leader, Kim Jong Un, said that he has a nuclear launch button on the desk in his office.

Another House Democrat, Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellThe Hill's 12:30 Report — NYT says Cohen taped Trump on payments | Trump floats tariffs on all Chinese imports | Russia open to new summit House Dem on inviting Putin to US: ‘He shouldn’t be in our country’ Dem on Putin coming to US: 'You don't invite the burglar to dinner' MORE (Calif.), similarly called on Tuesday for lawmakers to have a say in whether Trump launches a preemptive nuclear strike on North Korea. 

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Democrats in both the House and the Senate have introduced legislation that would curb the president's ability to conduct such a strike without getting an OK from lawmakers. 

Trump has repeatedly threatened the possibility of military action against North Korea, which has made strides in its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs over the past year. Reports on Tuesday indicated that Pyongyang may be preparing for another missile test.

In a New Year's Day speech this week, Kim said that the international community would have to accept as a "reality" that North Korea is a nuclear-armed state capable of striking the U.S.

Trump's tweet about the U.S. nuclear arsenal on Tuesday evening, however, appeared to dismiss that assertion, raising once against the possibility of a confrontation with North Korea.