We can refuse Trump nuke order, says United States commander

21 November, 2017, 00:08 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Media caption Would the US military disobey a nuclear order from President Trump

While a top USA nuclear military commander made global headlines over the weekend after he stated plainly on Saturday that he would resist any order from President Donald Trump that he deemed "illegal", including an unlawful directive to carry out a nuclear strike, experts warn that individual objections such as that could be overcome by a commander-in-chief determined to launch an attack. "And if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen?" I'm going to say, "Mr President, that's illegal". He's going to say, 'What would be legal?' And we'll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that's the way it works.

Mr Trump's taunting tweets aimed at Pyongyang have sparked concerns primarily among congressional Democrats that he may be inciting a war with North Korea. The Arizona senator was talking offstage on Friday after speaking at a town hall session for aerospace company workers. So maybe our adult is General John Hyten, the guy who stands between Trump and the nuclear button. As head of STRATCOM, Hyten is responsible for overseeing the USA nuclear arsenal. 'We think about these things a lot'.

What would happen if a president ordered a nuclear strike, but the commanding general refused, believing it to be illegal? "He's going to say, 'What would be legal?'" Gen Hyten said.

He added: "If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?" he said.

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However Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton spoke on CBS' Face the Nation about the matter and said the president needs to have ability to fire nuclear weapons quickly. "You could go to jail for the rest of your life".

In the event that Mr Trump chose to launch a nuclear attack, Gen Hyten would provide him with strike options that are legal.

The comments come amid heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea, with inflammatory comments issued from both sides. Mr. Trump has continued to put pressure on China to help manage its tempestuous neighbor.

While the President retains constitutional authority to order some military action, Kehler explained that the nuclear decision process "includes assessment, review and consultation between the President and key civilian and military leaders, followed by transmission and implementation of any Presidential decision by the forces themselves". "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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