Director: Military May Refuse to Follow Trump’s
Orders if he Becomes President
By Peter Holley
Former CIA director Michael Hayden believes
there is a legitimate possibility that the U.S.
military would refuse to follow orders given by
Donald Trump if the Republican front-runner becomes
president and decides to make good on certain
Hayden, who also headed the National Security
Agency from 1999 to 2005, made the provocative
statement on Friday
during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill
Maher.” Trump, fresh off a string of primary
victories, has yet to secure his party’s nomination,
but Hayden said the candidate’s rhetoric already
raises troubling questions.
“I would be incredibly concerned if a President
Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the
language that candidate Trump expressed during the
campaign,” Hayden said
during the interview with Maher.
Earlier this month, Trump told a South Carolina
retirement community that he supports waterboarding
and similar interrogation techniques because
“torture works” when it comes to extracting vital
information from terrorists.
Deeming waterboarding “torture,” President
Obama’s administration discontinued its use during
his first term in office. Proponents of the
as The Washington Posts Jenna Johnson noted,
avoid labeling it as torture, which would violate
various international laws and treaties. Trump,
meanwhile, has not only pledged to reinstate
waterboarding, but also introduce other methods of
interrogation that are “so much worse” and “much
Trump has also said on multiple occasions that
the United States should kill the family members of
“That will make people think. Because they do not
care very much about their lives, but they do care,
believe it or not, about their family’s lives,”
Trump said during a debate of Republican
presidential candidates in December.
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