The world may very well be a much more tense and precarious place than any of us had previously imagined, at least based on a terrifying incident from last November that is just now seeing the light of day.
In November of 2017, just a year after Donald Trump had ascended to the office of the President, the United States had found itself in the midst of a number of strenuous situations around the globe, thanks to the lasting effects of the disastrous administration of Barack Obama. Not only were the Russians furious over the outgoing democrats’ dismissal of several Kremlin ambassadors to the United States, but China and North Korea had both begun their own campaigns of disparagement agains the United States.
North Korea’s anger was much more tangible than anyone else, thanks to the maniacal and fervent actions of unhinged despot Kim Jong Un. Kim and his goons made it quite obvious how they felt about the United States’ continued push to punish the tyrannical regime through UN pressure and international sanctions.
A bit less perceptible, however, has been the angst employed by the Chinese government over this same period of time.
Certainly, their antics in the highly controversial South China Sea come to mind, but, also, we mustn’t forget the drama surrounding Donald Trump’s answering of a congratulatory phone call after his historic electoral victory from the President of Taiwan – a huge “no-no” when it comes to foreign policy between the United States and the Chinese, who do not recognize the authority of the Taiwanese government.
Now, an even more intense act of Chinese aggression has been revealed, revolving around the travel of our nation’s “nuclear briefcase” from which the Commander in Chief could launch our nation’s nuclear arsenal at a moment’s notice.
“According to Axios, five sources said that on Nov. 9, during Trump’s visit to Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Chief of Staff John Kelly and a U.S. Secret Service agent had a ‘skirmish’ with Chinese security officials over the so-called nuclear ‘football,’ which helps set a nuclear strike order in motion.
“When the U.S. military aide carrying the football entered the Great Hall, Axios reported, Chinese security officials blocked his entry.
“Kelly, in the adjoining room, was told, and the former United States Marine Corps general rushed over and told U.S. officials to keep walking, according to Axios.
“’We’re moving in,’ Kelly said — and his team all started moving.
“A Chinese security official then grabbed Kelly, and Kelly shoved the man’s hand off of his body, according to Axios. Then a U.S. Secret Service agent grabbed that Chinese security official, and reportedly tackled him to the ground.”
The “tackling” story has been refuted, however, with the general consensus being that something more akin to a “shoving match” had occurred.
Still, this is little consolation for the American people, whose lives depend on the President and his staff’s access to the device. Had the briefcase been compromised, there is no telling what sort of international diplomatic debacle would have unfolded.