Dems to introduce bill barring Trump from preemptive strikes without Congress approval

Dems to introduce bill barring Trump from preemptive strikes without Congress approval
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyWant to improve health care? Get Americans off of their couches Situation in Yemen should lead us to return to a constitutional foreign policy Overnight Defense: Biden honors McCain at Phoenix memorial service | US considers sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo and Iraq | Senators press Trump on ending Yemen civil war MORE (D-Conn.) said Wednesday that he and two other Democratic senators will introduce a bill barring President Trump from launching a preemptive strike on North Korea without congressional consent.

In a string of tweets, Murphy said that the bill would aim to prevent the president from carrying out a strike — either "nuclear or conventional" — unless Congress first approves such a measure.

"Trump's North Korea threats are real. I will intro bill w brianschatz & CoryBooker to prohibit any preemptive action w/o vote by Congress," Murphy tweeted, referring to Sens. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzOvernight Energy: Warren bill would force companies to disclose climate impacts | Green group backs Gillum in Florida gov race | Feds to open refuge near former nuke site Warren wants companies to disclose more about climate change impacts Congress just failed our nation’s veterans when it comes to medical marijuana MORE (D-Hawaii) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCNN editor: Booker's 'groping incident' 'different' from Kavanaugh allegation Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle MORE (D-N.J.).

He warned that such a strike "could kill hundreds of thousands" of people on the Korean Peninsula, and urged Republican lawmakers to back the measure to constrain Trump's "most dangerous power – to make war." 

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Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have risen to new heights in recent months, as the North has stepped up the pace of its missile tests and tested what its government claimed was a hydrogen bomb. 

Trump has engaged in an ongoing war of words with North Korea, and has repeatedly threatened military action against the country if it continues to pursue its nuclear ambitions and to make threats against the U.S. and its allies in the region.

In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly last month, Trump warned that the U.S. would "totally destroy" North Korea if it continued its threats.

Trump will travel to China next month, where he is expected to press President Xi Jinping to ramp up pressure on North Korea to curb its weapons programs, Reuters reported this week.

China is North Korea's only major ally, and Trump has said that Beijing should do more to rein in the reclusive country.