A group of former nuclear launch officers wrote a public letter warning that Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president, should not be trusted with the nuclear launch codes.
The letter was organised by Bruce G. Blair, a former nuclear launch officer and a scholar at Princeton University, as part of the #NoRedButton campaign.
John Noonan, a national-security expert who advised both Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, also signed.
The former officers wrote that only the president is capable of ordering a nuclear strike — and once the launch has been ordered, it can’t be vetoed.
“The pressures the system places on that one person are staggering and require enormous composure, judgment, restraint and diplomatic skill,” the letter said. “Donald Trump does not have these leadership qualities.”
Trump has, “shown himself time and again to be easily baited and quick to lash out, dismissive of expert consultation and ill-informed of even basic military and international affairs — including, most especially, nuclear weapons.”
Blair, the head of the #NoRedButton campaign, also wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on Wednesday where he asserted that Trump is uniquely unfit for the Oval Office.
Blair said that Trump is “seemingly blind to the importance of restraint” when it comes to nuclear weapons.
“He shows no humility toward the civilisation-ending destructiveness of nuclear weapons, and offhandedly entertains their use.”
The group of nuclear launch officers sums it up: “Donald Trump should not be the nation’s commander-in-chief … He should not have his finger on the button.”