Donald Trump nuclear order could be refused - General John Hyten

Donald Trump nuclear order could be refused - General John Hyten

Donald Trump nuclear order could be refused - General John Hyten

The top officer at US Strategic Command on Sunday said 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.

Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada, Gen. John Hyten, who is the commander of US Strategic Command, shared what would happen if he were ordered to launch a nuclear strike.

"I think some people think we're stupid", Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario. When you have this responsibility how do you not think about it?,' he said. I'm going to say, 'Mr.

The comments came after U.S. senators questioned what authority Trump had to go to war, use nuclear weapons and enter into or terminate worldwide agreements, as tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs grows.

US Strategic Command oversees US nuclear weapons and missile defense.

During testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month, retired General Robert Kehler who served as the head of Strategic Command from January 2011 to November 2013, also said the USA armed forces are obligated to follow legal orders, not illegal ones. "Of course, the military in our country is pledged to stick up for the Constitution - not any one leader or Congress, or even the president". "You could go to jail for the rest of your life", he said.

Hyten's remarks follow a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing last week in which the president's authority to launch nuclear weapons was held on Capitol Hill.

Kim Jong Un has repeatedly ignored warnings to cease nuclear tests, prompting Mr Trump to claim the United States could "totally destroy" North Korea. But ... the rhetoric from both North Korea and the U.S. has been really inflammatory. And I think it has alarmed not only USA allies, but of course USA foreign policy and the defense establishment as well. President, that's illegal.' And guess what he's going to do? It was the first such hearing in more than 40 years. The Constitution is set up that way anyways. I think it would probably be a useful measure, just as a reminder to the president and to the military that no offensive nuclear strike can be conducted without approval of the peoples' houses.

Others though said a president must have the authority to act without meddling from lawyers.

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