Dear Electors of The Electoral College.
Most erroneously believe that there is a "team" or a "Fail Safe" or "checks and balances" or some elaborate process before a nuclear weapon, or any military attack, can be launched. There isn't. President Trump will have sole, unilateral, exclusive and immediate ability to launch a nuclear or other military strike and no one can stop him. Please consider this as you cast your sacred vote on December 19.
1. POLITICO: What Exactly Would It Mean to Have Trump's Finger on the Nuclear Button? A nuclear launch expert plays out the various scenarios. June 11, 2016
Bruce G. Blair, a former Minuteman missile-launch officer and research scholar at Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security:
"With a single phone call, the commander in chief has virtually unlimited power to rain down nuclear weapons on any adversarial regime and country at any time . . . There is no advice and consent by the Senate. There is no second-guessing by the Supreme Court . . . If he were president, Donald Trump--who likes to say he doesn't spend a lot of time conferring with others ("My primary consultant is myself," he declared in March)--would be free to launch a civilization-ending nuclear war on his own any time he chose."
2. THE WASHINGTON POST: No one can stop President Trump from using nuclear weapons. That's by design. December 1, 2016
"No one can stop President Trump from using nuclear weapons"
3. THE NEW YORK TIMES: Debate Over Trump's Fitness Raises Issue of Checks on Nuclear Power, August 4, 2016
"There's no veto once the president has ordered a strike," said Franklin C. Miller, a nuclear specialist who held White House and Defense Department posts for 31 years before leaving government service in 2005. "The president and only the president has the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons."
4. FACTCHECK.org: Clinton and Nuclear Launch Times, October 26, 2016
"About five minutes may elapse from the president's decision until intercontinental ballistic missiles blast out of their silos, and about fifteen minutes until submarine missiles shoot out of their tubes." . . . "We estimate that the United States deploys approximately 920 warheads on alert, split almost evenly between intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs)," the U.N. report said.
5. BLOOMBERG.com: To Launch a Nuclear Strike, Clinton or Trump Would Follow These Steps. September 7, 2016
"The commander-in-chief's power is clear: He or she has sole authority to use nuclear weapons."
6. BUSINESS INSIDER: What Exactly Would It Mean to Have Trump's Finger on the Nuclear Button? A nuclear launch expert plays out the various scenarios. September 20, 2016
"Missiles could be in the air within a window as small as 15 minutes. Congress could do nothing to stop the decision if it were made in haste."
7. The HEAVY.com: Can Donald Trump Start a Nuclear War? 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know, December 10, 2016
"But if he decides he wants to attack anywhere in the world with a nuclear weapon, or a barrage of nuclear bombs and warheads, it's totally up to him. All he needs to do is give the go-ahead."