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Admiral Smith: The Military Follows the President, Not Civilians



U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift addresses an Australian National University security conference in Canberra, Australia Thursday, July 27, 2017. Swifts said he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if U.S. President Donald Trump ordered it and warned against the military ever shifting its allegiance from its commander in chief. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)
July 27, 2017
OAN Newsroom
A U.S. admiral says he would launch a nuclear strike next week if President Trump ordered it.
Admiral Scott Swift said he would follow through with a nuclear attack on China under the president’s orders.
The remarks were made at a security conference Thursday after the U.S. and Australia conducted a joint military exercise.
A Chinese intelligence ship monitored the drills, prompting the hypothetical question.
A spokesman for Admiral Swift said the question was ridiculous, pointing out the admiral was addressing the principle of civilian authority of the military.
He added any time the military moves away from a focus and an allegiance to civilian control a problem is created.

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