Donald Trump does not have the authority to pre-emptively launch a nuclear strike against North Korea, a top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has claimed.
Senator Ben Cardin said Congress “has not authorised the use of force, so the President does not have the authority to pre-emptively use force”.
He added: “Now, the President is commander-in-chief, and when he makes orders obviously the military will follow those orders.
“What we are saying is under no circumstances should we be using nuclear weapons and we should not be looking at a pre-emptive strike.
“What we should be looking at is a surge in diplomacy.”