Top nuclear commander: I wouldn't carry out an 'illegal' nuclear strike order from Trump18 November 2017 | 19:47 | FOCUS News Agency
Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), said that he would tell Trump he couldn’t carry out an illegal strike, CBS News reported.
"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?’” Hyten said.
“And we'll come 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."
Hyten said that he has often thought of what he would say if ordered to carry out an unlawful strike, adding that if he followed an illegal order, “You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”
“I think some people think we're stupid," Hyten said. "We're not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?"
Hyten made his comments after Trump has repeatedly attacked North Korea over the country’s nuclear threats.
Trump recently returned from a 12-day trip to Asia, during which he discussed North Korea with world leaders.
In August, the president promised to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if the country did not stop its threats against the U.S.
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