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Top U.S. nuclear commander says he would refuse illegal orders from Trump

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. John E. Hyten, the head of Strategic Command. Photo: Nati Harnik / AP

Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), Air Force General John Hyten, said he would refuse illegal orders from President Trump, according to CBS.

"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,'" Hyten said at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia. "And guess what he's going to do? He's going to say 'What would be legal?' And we'll come up with options...It's not that complicated."