Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is intent on removing President Trump from office with less than two weeks to go before President-Elect Joe Biden assumes power. Pelosi has urged Trump’s impeachment saying that Vice President Mike Pence needs to remove Trump under the 25th Amendment.

Now, Pelosi has spoken with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley to prevent the president from launching nuclear weapons and starting a war in his final days in office. 

“This morning [on Friday], I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi wrote in a released statement.

“The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,” she added.

Army Colonel Dave Butler, a spokesman for General Milley, said in a brief statement: “Speaker Pelosi initiated a call with the Chairman. He answered her questions regarding the process of nuclear command authority.”

Pelosi’s statement notwithstanding, the President’s – any president’s – ability to launch nukes on a whim or due to being “unhinged” isn’t as easy as just pressing the “mythical red button,” as many citizens believe. There are protocols to follow. 

The process that has to be followed in order to launch a nuclear strike is streamlined to be completed as quickly as possible so senior military officers can execute a decision that the president alone can make.

Air Force General John E. Hyten, the former commander of the U.S. nuclear forces, now the number two at the Pentagon under Milley, spoke about this scenario in 2017. In the situation of an illegal order by a president, Hyten said, there are protocols in place to stop that from happening.