A report in the USA website Axios says last November in Beijing a Chinese security official had tried to prevent Trump's military aide from carrying to Trump the briefcase of nuclear codes, popularly known as the nuclear football.
I've spoken to five sources familiar with the events.
The "nuclear football" is a briefcase, not an actual football-but sources tell Axios that Chinese security officials acted like its carrier was trying to score a touchdown in an incident in Beijing during President Trumps' visit. Kelly, who was already inside, rushed out on being informed and is said to have asked the American officials to keep walking.
The incident took place on November 9, 2017, when President Donald Trump was touring Asia, so it's quite surprising the dramatic altercation did not get out. In turn, John Kelly pushed away the the official's hand, Axios reported.
However, a second attempt by a Chinese security to confront the United States detail led to short tussle.
Obama's trip too witnessed a brawl between his aides and Chinese security officials who said the journalists traveling with Obama would be forbidden from getting close to him since it was considered to be a breach of the decorum followed by China.
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. When the USA officials said they have their own set of rules to be followed, the Chinese officials yelled at them saying: "This is our country!"
According to Axios' Jonathan Swan, White House official insisted they did everything in advance to coordinate with their Chinese counterparts.
Chinese officials have become increasingly assertive about their authority with the aides of visiting USA dignitaries.