January 3, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D – Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump tweeted “…I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than [Kim Jong Un's], and my Button works!” Rep. Lieu introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) to prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. 

“President Trump needs to understand that his words matter--His threats are un-presidential and baffling. Kim Jong Un is a dangerous and ruthless dictator and the United States has a responsibility to its allies and the world to lead with restraint. Instead, it feels like we’re caught up in a playground fight that could end in colossal death and destruction.   

As I’ve said before, there are no good military options in North Korea. Launching a nuclear first strike against North Korea could endanger the lives of millions of our allies and American military personnel. I served on active duty in the Air Force and I know that diplomacy is our best bet to prevent a bloody and drawn-out conflict on the Korean peninsula. Trump’s provocations are moving us closer to a dangerous war that would have dire consequences.”