Top General Would Refuse Trump's Order To Carry Out Illegal Nuclear Strike

US General Trump's Nuclear Launch Order Can Be Refused If Illegal

'I think some people think we're stupid, ' Hyten said, responding to a question about the scenario, according to CBS News.

The top officer at US Strategic Command says an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.

Hyten went on to say that for more than 30 years he has received training annually on laws of armed conflict, which includes legality, necessity, distinction, unnecessary suffering and other matters.

In the event that Trump chose to launch a nuclear attack, Hyten would provide him with strike options that are legal. President, that's illegal.' And guess what he's going to do?

"I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do", Hyten added.

He said he would not obey an illegal order. You could go to jail for the rest of your life, ' he explained.

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Officials told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that although the President has ultimate authority to lunch nuclear strikes, he is tempered by layers of review and constrained by legal barriers depending on whether the strike is preemptive or responsive. President, that's illegal.' And guess what he's going to do?

Trump has also, on numerous occasions, pledged to unleash "fire and fury" and to "totally destroy" North Korea if he deems fit.

Some senators want legislation to alter the nuclear authority of the USA president and a Senate committee on Tuesday held the first congressional hearing in more than four decades on the president's authority to launch a nuclear strike. During the hearing, Democratic Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, said Mr. Trump "can launch nuclear codes just as easily as he can use his Twitter account".

"To answer the question of 'Can we live with a nuclear North Korea?' The answer is 'Yes, ' but the question we have to ask ourselves is: 'Do we want to live in that world?'"

On November 11, Trump tweeted: 'Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old", when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" "That's the element of deterrence that has to be clear, and it is clear", Hyten said. He also said the USA and other nations have to handle the volatile North Korean leader together. "But President Trump can create the conditions that the worldwide community can reach out in different ways where we can work with the Republic of Korea, where we can work with our neighbors in the region".

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