Trump: Receiving nuclear codes a 'very sobering moment'

President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm 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.