U.S. nuclear commander says any ‘illegal’ Trump orders will be resisted

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten says he and the President have discussed the process of ordering a nuclear strike


 
President Donald Trump participates in a photo before the beginning of the "Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development" meeting during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump participates in a photo before the beginning of the “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development” meeting during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

HALIFAX – The top commander of U.S. nuclear forces says he would push back if President Donald Trump asked him to carry out an order he deemed “illegal.”

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten told the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he and Trump have discussed what would happen if the president ordered a nuclear strike he believed to be unlawful under international law.

“I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people,” Hyten said.”We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?”

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Hyten would be in charge of U.S. nuclear forces in a war. If Trump decided to launch a nuclear attack, Hyten would provide him with strike options, and the president would make his decision.

“The way the process works, it’s simple,” said Hyten. “I provide advice to the president, he’ll tell me what to do, and if it’s illegal, guess what is going to happen?

“I’m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?'”

Hyten said he and Trump would work to find another course of action.

Hyten said he is trained every year in the laws of armed conflict—which are guided by principles that include necessity. Under that framework, carrying out an illegal order is a punishable offence.

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“If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail,” he said. “You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”

Hyten made the remarks while participating on a panel called “Nukes: The Fire and the Fury,” an apparent reference to Trump’s threats to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea this summer.

Hyten said the U.S. can defend itself against North Korea’s nuclear threats.

“Can we live with a nuclear North Korea? The answer is yes,” said Hyten. “The question we have to ask ourselves is: Do we want to live in that world?”

—With files from The Associated Press.

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U.S. nuclear commander says any ‘illegal’ Trump orders will be resisted

  1. ‘We’re not stupid people,

    This from a person who probably voted for Trump

    • Sorry to disappoint you, but not all Trump voters are “stupid people”… some voted out of self interest…

      • Which was stupid right there

        • You sound more like Hillary, the loser, every day who looks for every excuse in the books except for her own shortcomings to explain why she lost.

    • You think you’re above the “stupid” people of the world???

      You keep insisting in your posts that Hillary WON the election because she had the largest number of votes!!! It’s like you don’t understand how the electoral system works or how Congress ONLY recognizes votes from the Electoral College. Are you being stupid on purpose???

      • Pay attention Chip. Hillary had more votes than Trump..

        So who got to the Electoral College?

        There was a coup right under their noses…..and nobody noticed.

        • Like I said – you’re not above stupid.
          Electoral Vote: Trump 304, Clinton 227

          • Yes, as a matter of fact, I am.

  2. However, the US military willingly executed extra-judicial assassinations of Americans abroad for Barack Obama.

    And bombed a milk factory in Africa for Bill Clinton when he needed a distraction from a sexual assault of an intern in the Oval Office.

    • Again an attempted Clinton/Obama diversion. LOL

  3. This General was put in a position by thumb sucking, losing Democrats to state a normal function of his job regardless of who is President-to only do what is legal and appropriate.