Team Trump ignores national security during dinner with Japan
You just can’t help but “facepalm” over this level of ineptitude. Saturday night at Mar-a-Lago, where Donald Trump was playing host to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
with whom he’d spent most of the day golfing, Trump took the call on a mobile phone at his table, which was set squarely in the middle of the private club’s dining area. As Mar-a-Lago’s wealthy members looked on from their tables, and with a keyboard player crooning in the background, Trump and Abe’s evening meal quickly morphed into a strategy session, the decision-making on full view to fellow diners, who described it in detail to CNN.
Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and chief strategist Steve Bannon left their seats to huddle closer to Trump as documents were produced and phone calls were placed to officials in Washington and Tokyo. The patio was lit only with candles and moonlight, so aides used the camera lights on their phones to help the stone-faced Trump and Abe read through the documents…. Waiters cleared the wedge salads and brought along the main course as Trump and Abe continued consulting with aides.
As a point of fact, I know high-school kids who can hack phones. Remotely. In my own not-so-humble opinion, this, and not Hillary Clinton’s email “scandals’, is a threat to national security. And it seems others agree with me:
@anamariecox who needs to even bug a room anymore when aides just flat out point their own connected cameras at documents.
— Michelle aka Meo (@GrrrlRomeo) February 13, 2017
— Kimberley (@beyzoar) February 13, 2017
All of this comes as little surprise, given Trump’s comprehensive failures on national security three weeks into his misadministration.
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