Sonny Perdue named designated survivor for President’s annual speech

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WASHINGTON D.C. (41NBC/WMGT) – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will be the “designated survivor” during President Trump’s State of the Union tonight,  White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to NBC News.

Perdue would become the acting commander in chief if a catastrophic event killed everyone inside the House chambers during the President’s speech.

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You can read more about the tradition of the designated survivor by clicking here.

The designated survivor is briefed on what would happen if tragedy strikes during the speech and prepares to take over duties as the acting commander-in-chief, according to an article by NBC News that you can view here.