Donald Trump nuclear order could be refused - General John Hyten

Donald Trump nuclear order could be refused - General John Hyten

The top US nuclear commander said there is protocol in place to contest a strike order given by a President if it were "illegal".

Air Force General John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum on Sunday that he and Trump have had conversations about such a scenario and that he would tell Trump he couldn't carry out an illegal strike. "I think some people think we're stupid". When you have this responsibility how do you not think about it?,' he said. "And if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen?"

They came after questions by USA senators, including Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans, about Trump's authority to wage war, use nuclear weapons and enter into or end worldwide agreements, amid concern that tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs could lead to hostilities. I'm going to say, 'Mr President, that's illegal.' And guess what he's going to do?

"If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail".

Last month, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Republican chairman, Senator Bob Corker, accused the president of setting the USA "on a path to World War Three".

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. As to what constitutes an illegal order, Hyten referred to the four key principles from the Law of Armed Conflict in his remarks. "You could go to jail for the rest of your life".

Some of them expressed concern that President Donald Trump might irresponsibly order such a strike. So maybe our adult is General John Hyten, the guy who stands between Trump and the nuclear button. GOP is toast if it follows Trump, Moore: Sen Flake Republican US Senator Jeff Flake, an outspoken critic of Trump, was caught on an open microphone saying the GOP is "toast" if it follows Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

The comments come amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, with inflammatory comments issued from both sides.

But Hyten also said handling North Korea and its unpredictable leader Kim Jong Un has to be an global effort.

"President Trump by himself can't change the behavior of Kim Jong Un", Hyten said.

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