Lawmakers to Trump: “Nuclear Posture Review is Dangerous”
Washington, DC – Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Adam Smith (WA-09), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Mike Quigley (IL-05), and 39 additional Members of the U.S. House of Representatives today sent a letter to Donald Trump opposing the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR).
The lawmakers expressed deep concern that, if implemented, the NPR would likely increase tensions with Russia and other major world powers and make the United States less secure, while imposing significant economic burdens and undermining decades of U.S. leadership to prevent the use and spread of nuclear weapons.
“Thwarting diplomatic efforts, inciting fear, and spewing fiery rhetoric does nothing to help us address the threats posed by nuclear weapons. But that’s been Trump’s approach thus far,” said Blumenauer. “This plan is another step in the wrong direction, further undermining decades of American leadership and putting us at risk of starting a new arms race. These are weapons we don’t need, shouldn’t use, and can’t afford. Congress must intervene.”
“President Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review takes the United States in a dangerous direction that will undermine our defense posture and further aggravate our national security budgeting difficulties,” said Smith, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee. “We already have an extremely robust, highly credible nuclear deterrent that is capable of responding to any attack and defending our allies with decisive force. By advancing more new warfighting programs and adding new low-yield nuclear weapons on top of the existing, unrealistic $1.2 trillion nuclear weapons upgrade plan, this approach would siphon resources away from the capabilities we need to best counter our near-peer adversaries. It would lower the threshold for using nuclear weapons, feed a nuclear arms race, increase the risk of miscalculation that could precipitate a nuclear war, and could potentially undermine our most survivable nuclear forces.”
“The Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review ends decades of bipartisan consensus around nuclear arms reductions and reignites a global arms race,” said Lee. “Instead of bringing us closer to peace, it funnels billions to build new, unnecessary nuclear weapons. Congress must step in to protect the global progress towards disarmament before it’s too late. American families shouldn’t have to live under the threat of nuclear war.”
“As tensions continue to rise in response to North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, this Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review sends the world the wrong message that the U.S. is doubling down on a failed nuclear weapons strategy that will do little to keep us safe,” said Quigley. “By diverting precious resources to fund billions in new warheads and missiles, we weaken our ability to respond to pressing national security concerns, such as soft-target terrorism, cyber-hacking, and climate change. We can, and must, maintain an effective nuclear deterrent without neglecting our numerous security needs or provoking our adversaries into a devastating nuclear conflict.”
Click here to read the letter.