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 MurphyCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support House passes bill to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen This week: Border deal remains elusive as shutdown looms 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 SchatzDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal GOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats Trump defends using DOD funds on border wall: 'Some of the generals think that this is more important' MORE (D-Hawaii) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night Overnight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run 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.