United States and Chinese officials 'scuffled over nuclear football' during Trump Beijing visit

United States and Chinese officials 'scuffled over nuclear football' during Trump Beijing visit

White House chief of staff John Kelly stands to leave after appearing on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News in Washington, Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

However, a second attempt by a Chinese security to confront the United States detail led to short tussle.

News website Axios, quoting five sources familiar with the events, reported that the incident occurred on November 9 as Trump and his team visited Beijing's Great Hall of the People.

The "nuclear football" is a briefcase, not an actual football-but sources tell Axios that Chinese security officials acted like its carrier was trying to score a touchdown in an incident in Beijing during President Trumps' visit. It is carried by a military aide and is supposed to be in close proximity to the president at all times.

Five sources told Axios' Jonathan Swan that on November 9, as a delegation of USA officials including Kelly and President Donald Trump attempted to enter Beijing's Great Hall of the People. White House officials assured Swan that they did all the necessary advance work to coordinate with Chinese officials. It was then that a US Secret Service agent tackled the security official to the ground.

Chinese officials reportedly apologized for the incident.

I'm [Swan] told that at no point did the Chinese have the nuclear football in their possession or even touch the briefcase.

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A military aide carries the nuclear football.

In September 2016, President Barack Obama was subject to what some at the time called an intentional diplomatic snub as he arrived for the Group of 20 summit in the Chinese host city of Hangzhou.

A Chinese security official then grabbed Kelly, who pushed the man off him.

When the White House official insisted that the US would set the rules for its own leader, her Chinese counterpart shot back in English: "This is our country!"

The so-called USA "president's emergency satchel" is used to be carried by a military aide, who is required to remain close to the Commander-in-Chief at all times.

Axios reported on Sunday that during President Donald Trump's trip to China in November, a Secret Service member tackled a Chinese security official.

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