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Former GOP senator says Trump is 'seriously sick' and unfit to be president

On Wednesday, former Republican Sen. Gordon Humphrey (N.H.) sent a letter to several lawmakers urging President Trump's prompt removal from office. In light of Trump's recent threat to meet continued North Korean nuclear threats with "fury and fire," which Humphrey likened to "pouring gasoline on fire," Humphrey argued that the "system of checks and balances" is not enough.

"The president alone has the authority to launch nuclear weapons, the only restraint being the advice of senior advisers who might be present at the time of crisis, and Donald Trump has shown repeated contempt for informed and wise counsel," wrote Humphrey, a former member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "He is sick of mind, impetuous, arrogant, belligerent, and dangerous."

Humphrey, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, called for Trump to be "relieved of the powers of the presidency" as soon as possible. He advised that a commission be established to determine whether Trump is "mentally fit" to serve. If Trump and his "seriously sick psyche" remain in office, Humphrey warned, the president's "reckless conduct could consume the lives of millions."

Read Humphrey's letter, which he sent to New Hampshire lawmakers Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Carol Shea-Porter, and Annie Kuster, below. Becca Stanek