The sources say that in the November 9 incident, Chinese officials blocked the military aide carrying the briefcase containing nuclear launch codes from entering the Great Hall of the People with Trump, causing a scuffle that led to a Secret Service agent tackling a Chinese security official to the ground.
I've spoken to five sources familiar with the events.
Journalists film US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, center left, arrive for a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, November 9, 2017. However, he was stopped from entering the Great Hall along with Trump.
An American official then hurried into the adjoining room and told Kelly what was happening, who then rushed over and told the American officials to keep walking, which caused a commotion.
But a Chinese security official tried to stop Kelly, even putting his hand on the former Marine general.
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The so-called USA "president's emergency satchel" is used to be carried by a military aide, who is required to remain close to the Commander-in-Chief at all times. Kelly pushed away his hand, and a U.S. secret service agent tackled the Chinese official to the ground.
"A Chinese security official grabbed Kelly, and Kelly shoved the man's hand off of his body".
Chinese officials have become increasingly assertive about their authority with the aides of visiting United States dignitaries.
White House chief of staff John Kelly stands to leave after appearing on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News in Washington, Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The Chinese security detail later apologized over the misunderstanding, Axios said.
The US officials follow a stringent and secret protocol when it comes to launching a nuclear strike. The entire scuffle was over in just a few seconds.