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Secret Service skirmish in Beijing over nuclear football

Secret Service skirmish in Beijing over nuclear football

The altercation happened, Axios reported, when Chinese security officials tried to stop the Secret Service agent carrying the briefcase that holds the USA nuclear codes from entering the Great Hall of the People with Mr. Trump.

USA news website Axios said multiple sources confirmed an incident in which Chinese officials tried to block a military aide with the briefcase from following Trump into the Great Hall of the People, despite the aide being required to stay close to the President at all times.

A skirmish broke out between Chinese and American agents when the USA president visited the Great Hall of the People where he was due to meet the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, Axios reports.

The nuclear football is a small black briefcase that a military aide always brings along on overseas White House trips in the event that the President would need to use the nation's strategic defense system. However, he was stopped from entering the Great Hall along with Trump. Kelly, who was already inside, rushed out on being informed and is said to have asked the American officials to keep walking. "Then a US Secret Service agent grabbed the Chinese security official and tackled him to the ground", according to the report.

John Kelly, a retired Marine general and the chief of staff, went to the aide's assistance.

The brawl soon ended with the president and his team following Chinese protocol and regular security procedure.

Kelly, in the adjoining room, was told, and the former United States Marine Corps general rushed over and told USA officials to keep walking, according to Axios.

Was US President Donald Trump at some point during his visit to China almost denied access to the nuclear launch codes that every American president carries with him always? Obama had to eventually leave the plane through a exit in its belly. White House officials assured Swan that they did all the necessary advance work to coordinate with Chinese officials. "This is our airport!"

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly intervened, and was grabbed by a Chinese security official, who was then tackled by a Secret Service agent.

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