President Donald Trump, if you recall, campaigned largely on the idea that opponent Hillary Clinton would be bad for national security. Ironic, then, that now, merely three or so weeks into his Presidency, Donald Trump is viewing classified information regarding nuclear weapons at the dinner table in the dining room of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, as resort guests casually stroll by taking photos.
Has our national security, ever in our entire history, been more carelessly taken care of?
The New York Times describes the scene:
President Trump and his top aides coordinated their response to North Korea’s missile test on Saturday night in full view of diners at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida — a remarkable public display of presidential activity that is almost always conducted in highly secure settings.
The scene — of aides huddled over their computers and the president on his cellphone at his club’s terrace — was captured by a club member dining not far away and published in pictures on his Facebook account. The images also show Mr. Trump conferring with his guest at the resort, Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister.
Shortly before the club member, Richard DeAgazio, who joined Mr. Trump’s club recently, took the pictures, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its eastern coast. Mr. DeAgazio posted his photographs to Facebook as the two leaders and their staff members reviewed documents and worked on their laptops, using cellphones as flashlights.
“HOLY MOLY !!! It was fascinating to watch the flurry of activity at dinner when the news came that North Korea had launched a missile in the direction of Japan,” Mr. DeAgazio wrote later on Facebook, describing how the two leaders “conferred and then went into another room for hastily arranged press conference.”
Democrats, rightfully so, sharply criticized the President and his team for not moving the meeting to a more secure/private location. “There’s no excuse for letting an international crisis play out in front of a bunch of country club members like dinner theater,” Nancy Pelosi wrote on Twitter.
Those country club members now pay $200,000 a year for access to this new ‘Situation Room’ that sits in the middle of a fancy dining room.
Remember when email server usage was considered treasonous? I wish we could go back to those days at this point.