Democratic California Rep. Ted Lieu responds to reports that Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley took steps to prevent former President Trump from starting a war with China:
REP. TED LIEU: Thank you for your question. I previously served on active duty as a JAG. What General Milley was referring to was a rogue nuclear launch.
That would be an illegal order. Military members do not carry out illegal orders. General Milley absolutely did the right thing by trying to prevent anybody from carrying out an illegal order.
At the same time, the fate of the entire world should not be dependent on one general. That’s why I have introduced legislation for years with Senator Markey that would require Congressional authorization before the President of the United States can initiate an unprovoked nuclear first strike.