It could be the most important object in the world, carrying the codes to launch America’s nuclear weapons. Now, according to news reports, it’s getting its own digs in Trump Tower.
In a letter sent from the Pentagon to a Democrat member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence committees, the Department of Defense confirmed that the nuclear “football” is getting its own special secured room at Trump Tower for when the president returns to New York, Reuters reported.
The lease, the letter also revealed, would not benefit the president or anyone in his administration in any way.
Far from the kind of football thrown around by Messrs. Brady and Kaepernick, the nuclear “football” is a a device that contains both the codes to launch a nuclear attack and secure communications devices in the event of a nuclear emergency.
In a letter to California Democrat Rep. Jackie Spier, the Pentagon’s James MacStravic — who said he was “temporarily performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics” — wrote that the apartment they’ll be using for the nuclear football is “privately owned and … lease negotiations have been with the owner’s representatives only.”
Fox News reported that while the lease amount was not disclosed, McStavic wrote that “an annual rental in excess of $1 million must first be approved by my office.”
“We are not aware of any means through which the President would personally benefit from a Government lease of this space,” McStavic added. The letter also declined to add whether similar set-ups were being pursued at two of the president’s other familiar haunts, the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Given that the nuclear football may be the most critical object in the world, it needs to be well-protected. This is certainly one (very epic) way of doing it.
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