[Ed. – Usually the way it works when a new president is sworn in]
Sometime before he’s sworn in Friday, President-elect Trump will sit down with the top military officers who control America’s massive military arsenal and get “The Briefing,” the one that provides him with an understanding — and the tools — of how he would wage nuclear war.
According to those who have witnessed it previously, the briefing is both daunting and sobering. When Donald J. Trump raises his right hand and asks, “So help me God” during the inauguration, he really does become the most powerful man in the world — with control of America’s nuclear “triad” and more than 4,000 nuclear warheads.
Little is known about the briefing, which traditionally takes place early on Inauguration Day and is conducted by the Strategic Command, the Omaha-based joint military command responsible for the strategic nuclear arsenal, and the White House Military Office. None of the parties involved will discuss its particulars or its timing.