Media Find It Newsworthy that a Top U.S. Commander Would Follow Orders from President Trump

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Media Find It Newsworthy that a Top U.S. Commander Would Follow Orders from President Trump
Brietbart ^ | 30 July 2017 | Aaron Klein

Posted on 7/30/2017, 3:57:07 PM by Lorianne

The New York Times and other news media outlets find it newsworthy that a top U.S. military commander, when asked a far-fetched hypothetical question about a nuclear strike on China, replied that he would comply with an order on the matter if it came from President Donald Trump.

“What if Trump Ordered a Nuclear Strike on China? I’d Comply, Says Admiral,” was the title of a highly-cited New York Times article.

The newspaper was reporting on a comment made by Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander of the United States Pacific Fleet, who was asked at a security conference in Australia on Thursday whether he would hypothetically comply with an order from Trump to carry out a nuclear strike on China.

“The answer would be yes,” Swift replied to the generalized hypothetical.

Swift explained the chain of command in the U.S. military: “Every member of the U.S. military has sworn an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and to obey the officers and the president of the United States as the commander in chief appointed over us.”

He added that the proper chain of command serves as the “core to the American democracy,” according to a recording obtained by Reuters.

Capt. Charlie Brown, explained that the topic of using nuclear weapons on China was “ridiculous,” and that Swift was simply responding to an “outrageous hypothetical” question posed to him.

“Frankly, the premise of the question was ridiculous,” Brown said. “It was posed as an outrageous hypothetical, but the admiral simply took it as an opportunity to say the fact is that we have civilian control of the military and we abide by that principle.”

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