U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed concern that “unstable” incumbent President Donald Trump could launch military action or “order a nuclear strike” in his final days in office. Pelosi discussed these risks with U.S. Army Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley.
“I spoke with Milley this morning about the precautions available to prevent an unstable president from initiating military action or ordering a nuclear strike by getting the launch codes,” Pelosi said, according to CNN.
She added that if the current head of the White House does not leave office, Congress will act to remove him from power. Consideration is being given to invoking the 25th amendment, which provides for the transfer of power due to the death or inability of the president to perform his duties.
Pelosi believes that everything possible must be done to protect the American people from an “unbalanced attack on our country and our democracy.”
As to whether there is real cause for concern about Trump’s possible order for a nuclear strike, and which country that strike might be launched against, Pelosi did not say in the letter.