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Would resist illegal Trump launch order: Commander of US Strategic Command

The top United States nuclear commander has said that he will not carry out an “illegal” nuclear attack ordered by President Donald Trump.

Published: 19th November 2017 10:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th November 2017 10:39 AM   |  A+A-

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command. (Associated Press)

By ANI

WASHINGTON: The top United States nuclear commander has said that he will not carry out an “illegal” nuclear attack ordered by President Donald Trump.

"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,” CBS quoted Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command as saying at a Security Forum.
 
"And guess what he's going to do? He's going to say, 'What would be legal?’ And we'll come [with] up options, with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that's the way it works. It's not that complicated,” he explained.

"If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life," he added.



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