US and Chinese security officials reportedly tussled over the American nuclear football1 during a state visit that President Donald Trump2 later called great and very productive . The US president’s delegation encountered trouble when entering Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on 9 November, according to news site Axios . When a US military aide tried to follow the president into the hall with the nuclear football a briefcase carrying the nuclear launch codes3 he was stopped by Chinese security guards. Another US official ran into the next room to alert Chief of Staff John Kelly4, according to Axios, which cited five sources with knowledge of the situation . Mr Kelly ran over to the official carrying the football and instructed him to keep moving, sparking commotion in the hall.
A Chinese security guard reportedly grabbed Mr Kelly, but the former Marine corps general threw him off . A US Secret Service agent then jumped on the Chinese security officer, tackling him to the ground. The Chinese reportedly did not touch the briefcase during the skirmish, according to Axios . Officials briefed on the incident were asked to keep it quiet.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment. Mr Trump seemed unfazed by the situation, heaping praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping5 in a press conference later that day. During the meeting in the Great Hall, accompanied by Mr Xi and Chinese business leaders, Mr Trump reportedly oversaw the signing of $250bn in trade deals . The group later dined on kung pao chicken and stewed beef steak.
My meetings with President Xi Jinping were very productive on both trade and the subject of North Korea, Mr Trump tweeted later that day .
He is a highly respected and powerful representative of his people . It was great being with him and Madame Peng Liyuan! The nuclear football is the leather briefcase containing the nuclear biscuit a credit-card-sized piece of plastic that contains the nuclear launch codes . The biscuit is placed inside the football and carried by an aide near the president whenever he is travelling. Past presidents, however, have reportedly lost the nuclear biscuit several times since its introduction in the 1960s .
- ^ nuclear football (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ Donald Trump (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ nuclear launch codes (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ John Kelly (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ Xi Jinping (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ Bill Clinton (www.independent.co.uk)
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Brexit will undermine European security unless new agreement with EU is struck quickly, Theresa May is warned
The alarm is raised over everything from the undermining of cross-border working to combat terrorism and organised crime to the potential boost to extremist parties across the continent. The clock is ticking on hopes for a new deal, with the UK set to drop out of cooperation mechanisms on foreign, security and defence policy on Brexit day next March, says the Royal United Services Institute3 (RUSI). Its warning comes as the Prime Minister prepares to deliver a speech to a Munich conference on Saturday, in which she will repeat her unconditional commitment to European security after Brexit.
Mrs May is expected to say that she wants Britain to remain part of the European arrest warrant4 and Europol5, the EU s law enforcement agency, arguing it is keeping British citizens safe. However, last November, Michel Barnier6, the EU s Brexit negotiator, insisted the UK would have to leave Europol as a logical consequence of the vote to leave the EU7. Meanwhile, the swapping of vital intelligence information is threatened by Mrs May s insistence that the UK will, at some point during a two-year transition period, end oversight by the European Court of Justice8 (ECJ).
Without a separate deal, it will take up to three years after Brexit for Britain as a third country to receive EU approval for data to be freely exchanged. But today s report by RUSI highlights the threat to cross-border cooperation as just one looming danger from EU withdrawal, also pointing to the risk it will:
* Further strengthen nationalist political forces across Europe , if a hard Brexit undermines the economic recovery in both the UK and the EU.
* Damage trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic threatening the fragile political settlement in the North.
* Lead to growing divergence between the UK and EU s defence and security policies once the UK is shut out of Brussels decision-making.
* See the UK lose its leading role in European military operations, such as operational command of the EU force in Bosnia.
* Require new arrangements to support a pan-European defence industry, with the UK likely to leave the European Defence Fund (EDF). Professor Malcolm Chalmers, RUSI s deputy director general, said all the threats would have costs, both financially and in relation to national security .
These costs can be mitigated over time, both through other existing multilateral arrangements and new bilateral mechanisms, he said.
However, these are real concerns, and, in combination, could risk serious negative consequences for European security.
On terror information, Professor Chalmers called for the Prime Minister to set out whether she would continue current levels of cooperation (for example, in relation to data-sharing), even when this involves a loss of policymaking autonomy . At stake is access to intelligence sharing through the Europol law enforcement agency and to the Schengen information system, which holds an 8,000-name watchlist of suspected terror suspects. Without a deal, separate agreements would have to be struck with individual police forces and intelligence services with the danger that vital information will fall between the cracks , experts have warned.
In his speech, Mr Barnier raised the fear that the UK would pursue horse-trading with the security of Europe s citizens in the Brexit negotiations.
- ^ Brexit (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ Theresa May (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ Royal United Services Institute (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ European arrest warrant (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ Europol (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ Michel Barnier (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ would have to leave Europol as a logical consequence of the vote to leave the EU (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ European Court of Justice (www.independent.co.uk)
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1/45 31 January 2018
A ‘Supermoon’ shines its blood red colors during a full eclipse above the Big A Sign of Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California . A ‘Supermoon’ commonly is described as a full moon at its closest distance to the earth with the moon appearing larger and brighter than usual. EPA
2/45 30 January 2018
A man wears a mask among fellow supporters as Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga (not pictured) takes a symbolic presidential oath of office in Nairobi. Reuters
3/45 29 January 2018
Tractors are parked outside a meeting of European Union agriculture ministers during a protest by Belgian farmers in Brussels.
4/45 28 January 2018
Bruno Mars accepts Record of the Year for ’24K Magic’ with his production team onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. Getty Images for NARAS
5/45 27 January 2018
Students with torches gather prior to a march in celebration of the 165th birth anniversary of Cuba’s independence hero Jose Marti, in Havana. Reuters
6/45 26 January 2018
A firefighter inspects a burnt hospital after a fire in Miryang, South Korea .
37 people were killed in the fire, with the number of casualties likely to rise further.
Kyungnam Shinmun via Getty
7/45 25 January 2018
Rescue workers and police officers stand near derailed trains in Pioltello, on the outskirts of Milan. Reuters
8/45 24 January 2018
Afghan police officers take position during a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Reuters
9/45 23 January 2018
Workers clean the beach of the coastal town of Zouk Mosbeh, north of Beirut, as garbage washed up and piled along the shore after stormy weather.
10/45 22 January 2018
A Free Syrian Army soldier takes a selfie as fighters join up with Turkish troops near the Syrian border at Hassa, Hatay province . Turkey shelled Kurdish militia targets in Syria and claimed progress in a cross-border offensive that has stoked concern among its allies and neighbours
11/45 21 January 2018
Palestinians take part in a protest against aid cut, outside the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) office, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
12/45 20 January 2018
Oscar Janicki, 6, participates in the Second Annual Women’s March in Philadelphia. Reuters
13/45 19 January 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin bathes in an ice-cold water on Epiphany near St .
Nilus Stolobensky Monastery on Lake Seliger in Svetlitsa village, Russia . Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers will plunge into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the day. Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP
14/45 18 January 2018
People protest to call for a new DREAM Act to replace DACA in Los Angeles, California. Reuters
15/45 17 January 2018
Pro-democracy activists Raphael Wong and Joshua Wong arrive at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre after they were jailed on protest related charges following their sentencing at the High Court in Hong Kong.
16/45 16 January 2018
Skyscrapers Oriental Pearl Tower and Jin Mao Tower (L) are seen from the Shanghai World Financial Center on a hazy day in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, China. Reuters
17/45 15 January 2018
Martin Luther King III, US Secretary of the Interior and others wait to place a wreath during an event at the Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall. AFP/Getty
18/45 14 January 2018
A boy stands with women loyal to the Houthi movement during a gathering held to show their support to the movement in Sanaa, Yemen.
19/45 13 January 2018
Diego Martin Duplessis of Argentina drives his Honda during the 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally, 40th edition stage seven, La Paz to Uyuni. Reuters
20/45 12 January 2018
Angela Merkel speaks during a joint press conference after exploratory talks in Berlin . According to reports, the leaders of CDU, CSU and SPD parties after night-long talks agreed on a plan for formal coalition negotiations. EPA
21/45 11 January 2018
A Pakistani girl holds a picture of Zainab Ansari, an 8-year-old girl who was raped and kidnapped in Kasur, during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan .
Anees Ansari, Zainab’s father, accused the police of being slow to respond when his daughter went missing in the eastern Punjab province . Two people were killed and three others were wounded in clashes between angry Kasur residents and police after protesters enraged over her death attacked a police station in the city. AP
22/45 10 January 2018
India’s Border Security Force (BSF) Daredevils women motorcycle riders perform during a rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi. Reuters
23/45 9 January 2018
Members of the South Korea delegation (R) shake hands with members of the North Korean delegation (L) during their meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas . North and South Korea began their first official talks in more than two years, focusing on the forthcoming Winter Olympics after months of tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.
24/45 8 January 2018
Migrants in a dinghy are rescued by Libyan coast guards off the coast of Garabulli, east of Tripoli. Reuters
25/45 7 January 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron observes a minute of silence in front of the plaque commemorating late police officer Ahmed Merabet to mark the third anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, in Paris. Rex
26/45 6 January 2018
Nicolaos Solis from Greece kisses the wooden cross which was thrown into the waters by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, during the Epiphany ceremony to bless the waters at the Golden Horn in Istanbul.
27/45 5 January 2018
Women mourn the death of a family member following a landslide in Kinshasa . Thirty-seven people died overnight when torrential rain and mudslides swept though shanty homes. AFP/Getty
28/45 4 January 2018
Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Mosab al-Tamimi, 17, who was shot and killed by Israeli troops, during his funeral near the West Bank city of Ramallah .
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People take part in pro-government rallies, Iran. Tasnim News Agency via Reuters
30/45 2 January 2018
Indonesian bus passengers watch as Mount Sinabung spews thick smoke in Karo, North Sumatra. AFP/Getty
31/45 1 January 2018
People take part in the traditional New Year’s Day swim in Scheveningen, Netherlands.
32/45 31 December 2017
Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year’s Eve celebrations. EPA
33/45 30 December 2017
An Indian muslim lifts a stool with a metal rod pierced through his cheeks to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Rafai Papa Miyan Sai at the Shah-E-Alam Dargah shrine in Ahmedabad. AFP/Getty
34/45 29 December 2017
A New York apartment fire killed at least 12 people, including a baby, with four more critically injured . Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference from the scene that ‘it is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in at least a quarter century.’
35/45 28 December 2017
Afghan women mourn inside a hospital compound after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.
36/45 27 December 2017
Pope Francis greets newlyweds during his weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI in The Vatican. AFP/Getty
37/45 26 December 2017
Rohingya refugees walk next to a pond in the early morning at the Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Reuters
38/45 25 December 2017
Members of ice swimming club “Berliner Seehunde” (Berlin Seals) take a dip in the Orankesee lake in Berlin as part of their traditional Christmas ice swimming session, in Berlin, Germany.
39/45 24 December 2017
Mourners carry the body of 19-year-old Mohamed Sami al-Dahdouh, a Palestinian youth from Jabalia who was killed in clashes with Israeli forces east of Gaza City. AFP/Getty
40/45 23 December 2017
Policemen evacuate a baby after the Cagayan River swelled caused by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Tembin . People have died and others are missing as the storm struck the southern Philippines unleashing floods and landslides across a region of 20 million people. AFP/Getty
41/45 22 December 2017
Carles Puigdemont gives a thumbs up after the Catalonia Regional Election results.
42/45 21 December 2017
A white SUV sits in the middle of the road as police and emergency personnel work at the scene of where it ran over pedestrians in Flinders Street in Melbourne. AFP/Getty
43/45 20 December 2017
This combination of pictures shows Syrians covering one eye with their hands, in the rebel-held town of Douma, as part of a campaign in solidarity with a baby boy, Karim Abdallah, who lost an eye, as well as his mother, in government shelling on the nearby town of Hammouria. AFP/Getty Images
44/45 19 December 2017
South Korean and U.S .
Marines take part in a winter military drill in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
45/45 18 December 2017
Belgian police officers stand guard outside the trial of Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, at a courthouse in Brussels, Belgium.