January 23, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on today’s announcement that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists had decided to move their Doomsday Clock closer to midnight, signifying that we are closer than ever to a nuclear doomsday scenario.  According to the Bulletin, the Clock is a globally recognized gauge of the present threats to humanity brought on by nuclear weapons.

As a result of growing geopolitical instability and nuclear proliferation, we’re closer now to global catastrophe than we’ve ever been,” Rep. Lieu said. “By pulling us out of treaties and agreements meant to curb a nuclear arms race, President Trump is creating a dire situation that is reflected in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ decision to move their Doomsday Clock closer to midnight than its ever been. Every decision our government makes should move us further from nuclear war, and yet this Administration has made decisions that make nuclear war more accessible and total destruction more likely. We should ban low-yield nuclear weapons and stop a president from having the ability to launch a nuke unprovoked without Congressional approval. Nuclear war will be a continual threat unless we take concrete measures to curb other countries’ nuclear weapons programs and re-evaluate the expansion of ours.”