A photo of a major Trump supporter with a military aide carrying the president's emergency nuclear attack briefcase sent people into a panic this weekend. The person who posted the picture got so much flack that he's deleted the post, shut down his social media accounts and retreated into the shadows somewhere, refusing to comment. A former presidential aide who was one of the people once responsible for carrying the brief case is telling everyone to calm down.
Boston-based businessman and huge Donald Trump supporter Richard DeAgazio attended the swanky dinner at the president's Mar-a-Lago estate this past weekend. The 72-year-old posted a photo on Twitter of himself and one of President Trump's top aides. The photo caused a huge uproar due to what the aide was carrying in it.
"This is Rick," writes DeAgazio. "He carries the 'football' The nuclear football (also known as the atomic football, the President's emergency satchel, the Presidential Emergency Satchel, the button, the black box, or just the football) is a briefcase, the contents of which are to be used by the President of the United States to authorize a nuclear attack while away from fixed command centers, such as the White House Situation Room. It functions as a mobile hub in the strategic defense system of the United States. It is held by an aide-de-camp and Rick is the Man."
After the post was tweeted, it was quickly circulated by concerned citizens (who, in general, are not fans of the President and are alarmed on principle by everything he does). "Not gonna lie, Richard de Agazio's Facebook Page is freaking me out a little," tweeted journalist matt Peterson.
The Independent Journal Review contacted U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Buzz Patterson (Ret.), a man who once was responsible for carrying the old atomic football. Patterson was a senior military aide to President Bill Clinton, and according to him, it's really no biggie and people are freaking out for now reason.
"I was photographed several times over the years. I even included a couple in my first book, 'Dereliction of Duty,'" Patterson to the IJR. "It's not that there is a football that's sensitive, it's what's actually in it that's the bottom line."
For those hoping to add this issue to the list of impeachable offenses they're desperately trying to cobble together, they can forget it. “It's ludicrous. They have absolutely no clue what they are talking about. Anything to bring up impeachment. Hell, Bill Clinton actually lost the nuclear codes and nobody cared,” Patterson explained.
Source: IJ Review
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