Photo illustration by Aaron Provost/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon

During the November 2017 Halifax International Security Forum, the Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commanding general of U.S. Strategic Command, responded to a question about a hypothetical order from President Donald Trump to launch a nuclear strike, saying: “I provide advice to the President. He’ll tell me what to do, and if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen? I'm gonna say, 'Mr. President, that's illegal.' Guess what he's going to do? He's going to say, 'What would be legal?' And we'll come up with options or a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that's the way it works. It's not that complicated."

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