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‘Very little’ in Trump’s way if he orders nuclear attack

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates (R) and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testify on May 8, 2017, before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

It takes a “fit of pique” for US President Donald Trump to start a nuclear war against North Korea, says the former director of national intelligence, arguing that the country’s nuclear system is designed for a “rapid response.”

James Clapper appeared on CNN on Wednesday to make the comments.

"The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there's very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary," he said.

The retired lieutenant general in the United States Air Force voiced concerns about Trump’s access to the nuclear codes.

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 23, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd L) visiting the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science at an undisclosed location.

"In a fit of pique he decides to do something about [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un, there's actually very little to stop him," said Clapper, who served under former President Barack Obama.

He further questioned Trump’s fitness for office calling his defiant speech in Phoenix, Arizona, earlier in the day "downright scary and disturbing."

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US President Donald Trump gestures during a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on August 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by AFP)

"I really question his ability to be -- his fitness to be -- in this office, and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it," he asserted, censuring the president for his "behavior and divisiveness and complete intellectual, moral and ethical void."

Mental health professionals have already warned that President Trump is showing classic signs of mental illness, including malignant narcissism.

"How much longer does the country have to, to borrow a phrase, endure this nightmare?"

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