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Former Joint Chiefs Chair: Bill Clinton Lost the Nuclear Codes for Months

As the news media whines about Trump's nuclear button tweet, a 2010 book revealed that Clinton misplaced the keys to America's nuclear arsenal for months.

By NTK Staff | 01.05.2018 @4:30pm
Former Joint Chiefs Chair: Bill Clinton Lost the Nuclear Codes for Months

The media lost its collective mind earlier this week when President Trump tweeted that his nuclear button was “bigger & more powerful” than that of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

In an escalating war of words with Kim, the president made sure to remind Pyongyang who has the larger nuclear arsenal. Hint – it’s the United States:

But in a book, written in 2010 by then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Hugh Shelton, it was revealed that President Bill Clinton lost the nuclear codes for months at the end of his administration. In contrast to the dogged reporting of the Trump presidency, the press did not uncover that Clinton did not have access to the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Business Insider brought up the possibly catastrophic scenario on Wednesday, in the wake of Trump’s tweet. According to Shelton, White House aides refused to show the codes to a monthly inspection from the Department of Defense, telling the DoD officials “that Clinton took the codes seriously.” This happened again at the next monthly inspection, and no one from the DoD realized that Clinton had lost the codes until it was time to replace them.

Shelton wrote that the press never found out:

Shelton and [then-Secretary of Defense William] Cohen feared the saga would reach the press and become an embarrassing story. But word of the missing codes never made it out, and Shelton’s recounting of it in his 2010 book was, to his knowledge, the first time it had been shared publicly.

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