The political fallout over President Trump’s response to the deadly Capitol attack continues to escalate and now the U.S. military is involved as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told members of Congress that she spoke to the chairman of the joint chiefs about President Trump and the nuclear codes.
“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike. The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,” Pelosi said in a letter.
The Speaker also thanks members following Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, shared the news of USCP officer Brian Sicknick’s death following the breach, and that she hopes to hear from Pence “as soon as possible” about removing Trump from office.
“Nearly fifty years ago, after years of enabling their rogue President, Republicans in Congress finally told President Nixon that it was time to go. Today, following the President’s dangerous and seditious acts, Republicans in Congress need to follow that example and call on Trump to depart his office – immediately. If the President does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action,” Pelosi wrote.
In the letter, she also announced that there will be a letter coming from the Office of the Attending Physician and the Office of the Employee Assistance about resources available to members for responding to trauma in the wake of Wednesday’s attack.