Donald Trump could put the world on the pathway to nuclear annihilation if he becomes president, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough warned this morning.
‘Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on an international level, went to advise Donald Trump and three times he asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked,’ Scarborough said Wednesday on Morning Joe.
Treading carefully, Scarborough says the adviser told him that Trump at one point asked, ‘If we have them, why can’t we use them?’
‘That’s one of the reasons why he just doesn’t have foreign policy experts around him,’ Scarborough said, responding to retired four-star General Michael Hayden’s statement moments before that ‘no one’ he knows is advising the Republican White House candidate.
The Morning Joe roundtable reveled at Scarborough’s assertion. Co-host Mika Brzezinski added, ‘Be careful America, and be careful Republican leaders, your party is blowing up.’
The revelation came amid a discussion with Hayden, a former director of both the CIA and the NSA, about checks on the president’s power to launch a nuclear strike.
Scarborough asked Hayden, who confirmed during the program that he’s not voting for Trump, what safeguards there are to stop ‘any president who may not be stable’ from launching a nuclear act.’
Hayden explained that the Constitution puts ‘great power’ in the hands of the president and commander-in-chief.
The armed forces ‘give a great deal of deference, just culturally, to their civilian leader,’ he stated.
Scarborough pressed him to say where or not there is, however, anyone or anything standing in between ‘a president who is unfit to be commander in chief and the final person that presses the code and launches the nuclear weapons against a country that has angered the commander in chief.’
‘Joe, that chain of command was built for speed and decisiveness,’ Hayden told him.
That’s why retired four-star Gen. John Allen, who endorsed Hillary Clinton and spoke out against Trump at the Democratic National Convention, said there could be a ‘crisis in civil-military relationships’ if Trump is elected, Hayden told him.
‘Not nuclear annihilation,’ Hayden said, indicating that military officials could, however, revolt in such a scenario.