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Nuclear launch codes: Inside the black briefcase given to Trump

In the event that Trump chooses to launch, he will be briefed by the aide on the options ahead

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A 45-pound leather suitcase – known as the ‘football’ – is now in the hands of an aide accompanying US President Donald Trump.

Inside, Trump can find “communications equipment to contact America’s nuclear forces – on submarines, in bombers and on launch sites around the world,” according to Yahoo News writer Rob Waugh.

“To activate it, Trump will need a card – known as ‘the biscuit’ – which identifies who he is, and authorizes him to order single or multiple nuclear weapon launches,” Vaugh added.

In the event that Trump chooses to launch, he will be briefed by the aide on the options ahead.

“Contrary to popular myth, there is no ‘big red button’ – instead, the equipment is designed to work like an authenticator, proving that the President is who he says he is,” writes Vaugh.

Following Trump’s order to launch the nuclear arsenal, a short code is sent to the launch sites which will then be checked against codes provided by the National Security Agency.

Before the order can come into effect, it has to ratified by the secretary of defense to confirm Trump’s identity and that it was in fact Trump that issued the order.