A member of Donald Trump’s elite Mar-a-Lago golf resort posted a selfie with the man who carries the top-secret “nuclear football” to his Facebook page.
Richard DeAgazio, who was at Trump’s lavish Palm Beach, Florida estate on Saturday night, not only got a front-row seat to a national security meeting with President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarding North Korea’s test-launching of a nuclear missile, but he also took a photo of the briefcase that carries the presidential nuclear codes.
The briefcase, which is commonly known as the “nuclear football,” is carried by a member of the president’s personal entourage, and is meant to be used if a situation calling for the use of nuclear weapons arises while the president is away from the White House. DeAgazio posted photos of both “Rick,” the man who carries the case, along with the case itself.
“This is Rick…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.”
While DeAgazio has since taken the photos down, the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine captured screenshots of the photos, which can be seen below:
In his book Breaking Cover, former White House Military Office director Bill Gulley described the contents of the “nuclear football.”
“There are four things in the Football. The Black Book containing the retaliatory options, a book listing classified site locations, a manila folder with eight or ten pages stapled together giving a description of procedures for the Emergency Alert System, and a three-by-five inch card with authentication codes. The Black Book was about 9 by 12 inches and had 75 loose-leaf pages printed in black and red. The book with classified site locations was about the same size as the Black Book, and was black. It contained information on sites around the country where the president could be taken in an emergency.”