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Graphic shows contents of the nuclear “football’ and proceedings to allow the transfer of the nuclear football in case President Trump is removed from power or he doesn’t attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.


انتقال الحقيبة النووية من ترامب إلى بايدن

By Jordi Bou

January 20, 2021 - The violent assault of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, and concern about a peaceful transfer of power, is raising questions about the control of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

All presidents and a military aide together carry the tools necessary to launch the country’s nuclear weapons: anywhere, anytime.

Those two tools, called the “nuclear football” (a briefcase) and the “nuclear biscuit” (the activation codes), are carried around with the U.S. president at all times, and transferred to whoever assumes office on inauguration day, usually around noon.

But this time, because of the latest incidents and due to the fact that Trump has been unable to say whether or not he will attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the transfer could be more complicated.

If President Trump skips the inauguration, it is believed that the Pentagon could provide Biden with its own nuclear briefcase the moment he is sworn-in, while Trump’s command over his would cease.

Whereas, if President Trump is impeached or removed from office under 25th Amendment, Vice President Mike Pence would become acting president and the football should then be passed to him until January 20.

PUBLISHED: 19/01/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Smithsonian, Getty Images