Trump: Receiving nuclear codes a 'very sobering moment'

President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE said that receiving the nuclear launch codes on Inauguration Day was a “sobering moment.”

“When they explain what it represents and the kind of destruction that you’re talking about, it is a very sobering moment, yes. It’s very, very scary, in a sense,” Trump told ABC News in an interview.


The nuclear codes, given to the president after the Oath of Office, allow the commander in chief to authorize a nuclear attack.

“No, but it’s — I have confidence that I’ll do the right thing, the right job. But it’s a very, very scary thing,” he told ABC’s David Muir when asked if having access to the nuclear codes keeps him up at night.