US military commanders would reject to follow a presidential order to carry out a nuclear first strike they view as illegal, senators were told during a hearing.
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing was held on Tuesday to examine President Donald Trump’s authority to launch a nuclear strike amid rising tensions between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“Let’s just recognize the exceptional nature of this moment,” said Senate Democrat Chris Murphy during the hearing.
“We are concerned that the president of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear weapon strike that is widely out of step with US national security interests,” he added.
Senator Bob Corker, the committee’s chairman, warned that “once that order is given and verified, there is no way to revoke it.”
Among the people who testified before the committee were former…