Over the weekend, Donald Trump was spending time at Mar-A-Lago, enjoying a nice dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (along with Melania and Abe’s wife Akie), as club members dined at nearby tables, when a call came in. North Korea had unexpectedly launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile, which is against international rules. This was the first big security incident of Trump’s presidency (despite the other issues he may rant about on Twitter), so you’d think Trump would have immediately dismissed himself from the public eye in order to handle the matter in a professional (and secure) manner.
But, this is Trump we’re talking about.
Instead, he took the call at the table, which just happened to be squarely in the middle of the dining hall, in full view (and earshot) of club members. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon joined Trump and Abe to discuss the situation, but when when documents were produced on the dimly-lit patio, making them difficult to read, Trump aides “helpfully” shined their (highly hackable) smartphone lights on the classified documents. Again, in full view of everyone in the dining room, as dinner continued.
Just so we’re clear here, let’s review: Trump discussed highly-sensitive national security matters right in front of diners and wait staff, while aides held up cell phones (that can easily be hacked) to offer light on the documents, that were also laid out in plain view. This really happened.
But, by all means, Trump supporters, let’s hear more about Hillary and her unsecured email server.
Eventually, they did move the briefing to a nearby ballroom, however, where Abe referred to the launch as “absolutely intolerable,” while Trump didn’t mention much about the launch at all in his remarks. Instead, he pledged support for Japan in the matter, ignoring remarks prepared specifically for the briefing and opting instead to just shoot from the hip, as Trump often does. He then left the impromptu briefing room, while refusing to answer any questions.
Perhaps he needed a bit of time to himself in order to reflect on the matter and come up with a solid plan of action?
LOL no. He dropped in on a wedding reception being held in the Grand Ballroom, took a photo with the bride and her bridesmaids, and then grabbed the mic to give a short speech that included words that should surprise no one:
“They’ve been members of this club for a long time. They’ve paid me a fortune.”
He then urged reception attendees to “get back to dancing.” Because of course he did. Matters of national security aren’t nearly as important as a public photo op with people who like him (or at least pretend to) and give him lots of money.