Air Force Gen. John Hyten spoke at the Halifax International Security Forum on the topic of “Nukes: The Fire and the Fury.” The talk was live on the forum's Facebook Page. During the discussion, a hypothetical situation came up.
I provide advice to the president. He will tell me what to do. And if it’s illegal, guess what’s 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?’ And we’ll come up with options... a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.
I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it? What people forget is that this is a military mission and military function.
Following numerous threats Trump has made against North Korea's Kim Jong-un, many people question if the President has the mental capacity and temperament for dealing with international relationships.
This is a very serious subject and the world is a very dangerous place right now.
BREAKING: Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) says he would resist "illegal" nuke order from Trump— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) November 18, 2017
The only time in US history when a general felt it necessary to make such a statement.— Patrick J O'Donnell (@patrick1386) November 18, 2017
Oh that's great to hear although that's probably a bit of information he should have kept himself. That isn't going to go over well with Humpty trumpty— June Randolph (@Junerandolph18) November 18, 2017
It's nice to know that someone in the Mad House has a normally functioning brain!— Carolyn (@abbytencat) November 18, 2017