General in Charge of US Nukes says he can Defy an ‘Illegal’ Strike Order from Trump

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[image: U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command. © Yuri Gripas / Reuters]

(RT) In the wake of recent Senate debates on the US President’s supposedly unquestionable authority to start a nuclear war, a top general says it’s not as easy as pushing a red button. All the US top brass, himself included, are trained to disobey “illegal” orders.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), said he would not blindly follow whatever order comes from US President Donald Trump, noting that the law of armed conflict that prohibits the use of disproportionate force and inflicting unnecessary suffering would be a higher authority when it comes to decision-making.

“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.’ And

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