On Sept. 15, PSR representatives delivered three petitions to White House Office of Public Engagement staff, with the names of signers that totaled 4657 signatures. The petitions all urged President Obama to reduce nuclear weapons dangers–and were delivered as the President was preparing for his final speech to the United Nations General Assembly today (Sept 20). The delegation (pictured, left to right): PSR intern Patrick Hayes, Security Committee member Harvey Fernbach, MD, and Security Program Director Martin Fleck.
The President was represented at the meeting by Asher Mayerson, OPE Policy Advisor and David Heifetz, OPE Speechwriter and Policy Advisor.
On the occasion of handing over the petition texts and long lists of signers, the PSR delegation thanked the President for successes during his tenure (such as the New START treaty and the Iran Deal) and urged the President to take executive actions while he is still in office to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. policy. One such action would be to declare “no-first-use” — that henceforth, official U.S. doctrine will be to never (again) be the first to use nuclear weapons.
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