The gulf between President Trump's White House and Congress seems to be expanding as some senators express grave concern about the way in which tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are escalating.
Three Democratic senators on Wednesday proposed new legislation that would force President Trump to get Congressional approval before being permitted to deploy any conventional or nuclear weapons in response to Pyongyang's threats.
The leading proponent of the bill is Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat representing Connecticut, who is supported by Senators Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Senator Murphy announced his move on Twitter, writing that the bill "makes clear that any unauthorized preemptive strike on N Korea - nuclear or conventional - is illegal."
According to HuffPost, the new bill is in addition to legislation that was reintroduced into Congress in January by California Representative Ted Lieu and Senator Ed Markey from Massachusets in January. The slightly different bill clarified that Trump would not be allowed to launch a nuclear missile without a formal declaration of war issued by Congress.
Murphy further explained his stance on Twitter, stating: "Trump's North Korea threats are real. A mistake by Trump could kill hundreds of thousands on Korean Peninsula."