Greg Ruben / Axios

As president, Trump can ask for briefings on some of the nation's biggest mysteries and top secrets. Although we don't know all the top secret details, here's some of the information he has access to, rounded up by Politico.

  1. He controls the Kill List - Although political assassination is illegal, Trump will authorize lethal drone strikes on suspected terrorists in areas like Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also has the option to watch the "kill videos." The exact process is secret, but Trump would have the power to alter the rules without the public knowing as well.
  2. Extra Top Secret access - Trump will have access not only to Top Secret material, but also to "Special Access Programs" — the most sensitive secrets of the nation. He'll know about U.S. spies and surveillance, intelligence operations, hacking capabilities and more.
  3. He'll know the secret agents - Trump will know which foreign officials are paid to cooperate by the U.S. to and how much they're paid. He'll have the ability to ask for payroll information from any government agency and for information on their work with foreign countries.
  4. Nuclear knowledge - Beside having the infamous briefcase with the nuclear launch plans close by, Trump will also receive every destruction estimate and arsenal detail on the U.S. nuclear program.
  5. Spy satellites, secret aircrafts - Those briefed on the U.S.'s spy satellite capabilities have said it's far more advanced than Americans know. Trump will know everything, including the secrets of Nevada's Area 51, where the U.S. tests their special, secret aircraft.
  6. He can pass secret laws - President Obama passed a top secret law — Presidential Policy Directive No. 29. Nobody knows what the law was about, but Trump will know. He'll also know the contents of dozens of other secret laws passed over the years. These laws give the President power to make moves before the public knows what he's up to, and Trump will have that power.
  7. He'll know about world leaders' personal lives - Trump will now have access to detailed intelligence reports on top-level diplomats and American suspects. These investigative reports can include everything from a person's criminal associations to sexual preferences to what they did last night.

Go deeper

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 30,199,007 — Total deaths: 946,490— Total recoveries: 20,544, 967Map
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 6,675,593 — Total deaths: 197,644 — Total recoveries: 2,540,334 — Total tests: 90,710,730Map
  3. Politics: Former Pence aide says she plans to vote for Joe Biden, accusing Trump of costing lives in his coronavirus response.
  4. Health: Pew: 49% of Americans wouldn't get COVID-19 vaccine if available today Pandemic may cause cancer uptick The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine — COVID-19 racial disparities extend to health coverage losses.
  5. Business: Retail sales return to pre-coronavirus trend.
Mike Allen, author of AM
2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Getty Images photos: Mark Reinstein

When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.