Retired general: Military won’t ‘blindly’ follow Trump’s nuclear strike orders

by Joel Gehrke

U.S. military officers won’t “blindly” follow a hypothetical presidential order to launch a nuclear strike, a retired general told lawmakers Tuesday.

“It’s important to remember that the United States military doesn’t blindly follow orders,” C. Robert Kehler, who led the U.S. Strategic Command from 2011 to 2013, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “A presidential order to employ U.S. nuclear weapons must be legal.”