Photo, above: The president and first lady arrive at the Great Hall of the People. Photo: THOMAS PETER/AFP/Getty Images
This entire episode leads me to believe that there is a serious hole in our nuclear capability. Surely there is a redundant system in place that provides another US official with the authority and codes to launch nuclear weapons in the event the President is unable to.
On Thursday Nov. 9, when President Trump and his team visited Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Chief of Staff John Kelly and a U.S. Secret Service agent skirmished with Chinese security officials over the nuclear football, according to Axios.
I’ve spoken to five sources familiar with the events. Here’s what happened, as they describe it: