Why the Military Will Refuse to Follow “President Trump’s” Direct Orders

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 9.17.35 AMThis one gets intense!  Michael Hayden,the former CIA chief and head of the NSA took to the airways to warn America that some of Donald Trump’s campaign ideas violate the rules of war. Hayden went on to claim that the Military would be required by law to disobey illegal orders given during a Trump presidency.

Obviously Donald Trump disagrees with Mr. Hayden’s assessment and gave a passionate response.

From CBSN:

On “Real Time With Bill Maher,” former CIA chief Michael Hayden said that the U.S. military will refuse to follow Donald Trump’s orders if he’s elected president. Watch Trump’s reaction on Sunday’s “Face The Nation.


Watch it all unfold on CBSN:

UPDATE: On March 3rd Donald Trump announced to the Wall Street Journal that he would not order the U.S. military to break international laws.  Mr. Trump would still “do a heck of a lot worse than waterboarding”.

Also during the March 3rd debate, Mr. Trump gave this firm response to Mr. Hayden’s comments:

Mr. Trump has made it known to Mr. Hayden, Rand Paul, and other detractors that he would never order the military to violate the law.   Mr. Trump also stands by his initial comments, he still supports killing family members of terrorist fighters and interrogation techniques harsher than waterboarding.

From the Military Times:

Donald Trump’s debate promise that American troops “will do as I tell them” won’t include committing war crimes, the Republican presidential frontrunner clarified Friday.

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Trump vowed to use “every legal power that I have” to protect America from terrorists. But after a week of concerns that could include targeting civilian family members of suspected terrorists and using torture, the business mogul said he understands there are limits.

“The United States is bound by laws and treaties and I will not order our military or other officials to violate those laws and will seek their advice on such matters,” he told the newspaper. “I will not order a military officer to disobey the law. It is clear that as president I will be bound by laws just like all Americans and I will meet those responsibilities.”

Just hours earlier, at Thursday’s Republican debate, Trump reiterated his plans to “go tougher than waterboarding” on Islamic State group fighters and others threatening national security.

Mr. Hayden and Mr. Trump seem to disagree on the interpretation of the existing law in addition to any changes that should be made to it.  This issue could be raised again during the next GOP debate on March 10th.  Stay tuned, things are just starting to heat up!