Donald Trump says receiving nuclear codes was a 'sobering moment'
President Trump recently remarked that receiving the code to launch nuclear weapons was a "sobering moment."
He made the comments during a recent interview with ABC News' David Muir who asked Trump, "Right after the oath of office, they gave you the nuclear codes...sobering moment?"
The president responded by saying, "When they explain what it represents and the kind of destruction that you're talking about, it is a very sobering moment, yes. It's very, very scary, in a sense."
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But when he was asked if it kept him up at night, Trump said, "No...I have confidence that I'll do the right thing and the right job. But it's a very, very scary thing."
The transfer of nuclear authorization occurred on inauguration day when Trump was given a briefcase containing the necessary hardware, notes The Independent.
A military-style briefing about the launch process had already taken place earlier that morning.
Weeks before his inauguration, Trump notably stirred controversy by tweeting, "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes."
However, his spokesperson at the time, Jason Miller, tried to qualify Trump's comments by saying that he was "referring to the threat of nuclear proliferation and the critical need to prevent it—-particularly to and among terrorist organizations and unstable and rogue regimes."