Trump's Lack Of Security Shown In Mar-A-Lago FB Posts
Donald Trump is coming under attack this week for an apparent lack of security at his Mar-a-Lago "Winter White House" in Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump was once again in Florida this past weekend. This time, he was golfing with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
While they were there, North Korea launched a missile.
And, apparently, anyone who happened to be a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago and there at dinner that night could see exactly how the global leaders acted in response.
Richard DeAgazio was one of those such people.
DeAgazio, according to his public Facebook posts, is a Trump fan who knows him well enough to get a signed photo and a certificate from the presidential campaign.
DeAgazio was so close to the international politics action this weekend that he saw exactly what Trump and Abe did.
He wrote in a public Facebook post,
The Prime Minister Abe of Japan huddles with his staff and the President is on the phone with Washington DC. the two world leaders then conferred and then went into another room for hastily arranged press conference. Wow.....the center of the action!!!
Which is, like, such a cool experience for him.
Except, oh yeah, it's super worrisome for the security of the United States of America.
You typically want conversations like that to be, I don't know, private?
That wasn't the only security-related detail this random Trump fan was able to get, just by being at Mar-a-Lago.
He also publicly posted detailed information about Rick, who he says carries the nuclear briefcase for the president.
He carries the "football" The nuclear football (also known as the atomic football, the President's emergency satchel, the Presidential Emergency Satchel, the button, the black box, or just the football) is a briefcase, the contents of which are to be used by the President of the United States to authorize a nuclear attack while away from fixed command centers, such as the White House Situation Room. It functions as a mobile hub in the strategic defense system of the United States. It is held by an aide-de-camp.
A few people were a little worried that information about America's nuclear arsenal was so readily available to Mar-a-Lago members.
It almost makes it sound as if you can pay to get access to President Trump's meetings and dinners.
DeAgazio's photos also show possible security faults within Trump's meetings.
Philip Bump at the Washington Post noted the aides in the photo DeAgazio posted of the conversation between Trump and Abe were using cellphone flashlights.
As my paranoid mother can tell you, those phones could have been hacked. Shining the light through the camera could have helped a hacker using the camera better see what the leaders were looking at.
Meanwhile, Trump appears to still be using an Android phone many believe is not secured.
This is all especially troubling given Trump's campaign promises.
Throughout the presidential election, Trump and the Republicans disparaged Hillary Clinton for using a private email server.
Trump also repeatedly accused Clinton of using "pay-to-play" politics, wherein you give money to be able to meet with a politician. Kind of like if you paid $200,000 to be a member of a president's club so you could be present for international meetings.
So, you know, this is fine.