A U.S. Secret Service agent reportedly tackled a Chinese security official during President Donald Trump's visit to Beijing in November after attempts to block the movement of the "nuclear football".
After being notified of the situation, Kelly reportedly rushed to the adjoining room, ordering USA officials to continue walking, telling them, "We're moving in", according to Axios.
When Kelly was informed of the squabble, he immediately told American officials to keep walking.
"A Chinese security official grabbed Kelly, and Kelly shoved the man's hand off of his body".
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
"Reports about Secret Service agents tackling a host nation official during the President's trip to China in Nov 2017 are false", the service's official Twitter account blared out late Monday morning.
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This is not the first time the nuclear football has made the news under Trump.
The briefcase contains equipment that the president would use to confirm his identity to the Pentagon if he needed to order a nuclear strike, the South China Morning Post notes.
Later, the Chinese side reportedly apologized for the incident as the U.S. briefcase had never been touched by any foreign official. As they exchanged angry words her Secret Service agent stepped in to usher her past him.
The report's author, Jonathan Swan, adds, "I'm told that at no point did the Chinese have the nuclear football in their possession or even touch the briefcase".
Axios reported that United States officials who learnt about the incident were told to keep the information to themselves, adding that the Chinese did not have the nuclear football with them at any point or touch the briefcase at all.
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