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) KhannaHouse Oversight Dem wants Trump to release taxes and 'get it over with' Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Clinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp MORE (D-Calif.) called on Wednesday for lawmakers to pass a measure barring President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle 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 SwalwellTrump campaign slams Dems for 'collusion hoax' Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin 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.