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U.S. nuclear commander says he would resist 'illegal' order from Trump

FILE PHOTO - Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, left, poses for a handshake at Offutt Air Force Base with Gen. John E. Hyten, the head of Strategic Command, in Bellevue, Neb., on September 14, 2017.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Nati Harnik
November 18, 2017 - 4:30 PM

HALIFAX - The top commander of U.S. nuclear forces says he would push back if President Donald Trump asked him to carry out an order he deemed "illegal".

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he and Trump have had conversations about such a scenario.

In the event that Trump decided to launch a nuclear attack, Hyten would provide him with strike options, and the president would make his decision.

Hyten says if he believed Trump's order violated the laws of armed conflict, he would tell him so and present him with legal alternatives.

Hyten would be in charge of U.S. nuclear forces in a war.

—With a file from The Associated Press.

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