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Top U.S. General Claims He Would Reject 'Illegal' Nuclear Strike Order From Trump
5 months ago

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.

What if Donald Trump were to order an illegal nuclear strike?

Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), replied:

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.

STRATCOM is tasked with overseeing America’s nuclear arsenal. Hyten continued:

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.

Hyten reiterated what many are already feeling:

This is a very serious subject and the world is a very dangerous place right now.

Twitter users weighed in:

You can watch the discussion in its entirety below.