Trump welcomes waiters, party guests and social media to national security discussion | Arkansas Blog

Monday, February 13, 2017

Trump welcomes waiters, party guests and social media to national security discussion

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 12:21 PM

click to enlarge c4kebzlwqaebeny.jpg

This picture tells a story. It's President Donald Trump at dinner with the Japanese prime minister after news was received of a North Korean missile test.

Guests at the swanky dinner watched as discussions were held about a national security issue and posted about it on social media. The photos included these showing many mobile phones being used to illuminate the table — phones that easily could be broadcasting words and images to unknown places around the world.

Charles Pierce gets right to the point in a comment on the amazing scene:

This is just the most amazing picture ever. The classified information on the screen of an open cellphone. The aides using the flashlights of their own phones to help the president*—and the waitstaff—read the classified material. Shinzo Abe sitting there and wondering what he's gotten himself into.

Every editor who assigned a story about Hillary Rodham Clinton's secret server and the e-mails should immediately consider moving to a monastery on a mountainside in Albania and engage in ritual purification of the body until they get further instructions.
The Washington Post reported on the crazy evening. Among other things, Trump dragged Abe to be photographed with a guest because they'd given Trump so much money. And one party goer got a picture with a smiling fellow who carries the nuclear football.

House Republicans vow to carry on with examinations of Clinton's e-mail server. Mike Flynn's meeting with Russians; sloppy handling of the nuclear football; pay to play with the Japanese leader? That's just Trump.

But the e-mails? Now there is a scandal for sure. If only the digging can continue.

Tags: , , , ,


Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Saturday's open line includes Kavanaugh news and a stunning political ad

    Here's the open line. For entertainment, if you have one minute, watch this political ad against  Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona. Wait for it.   In other news: It appears the hearing is on for Christine Blasey Ford to talk about Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault of her when she was 15 and he was an older high school student.
    • Sep 22, 2018
  • Remembering an ‘enemy of the people’ of 1957

    David Margolick pays tribute today in a New York Times op-ed to Jerry Dhonau, the former Arkansas Gazette editorial writer who died recently. He invoked a modern theme.
    • Sep 22, 2018
  • UA-Little Rock copes with enrollment decline and charter high school

    UA-Little Rock is facing a financial pinch because of a sharp drop in enrollment and Chancellor Andrew Rogerson talked bluntly about it Friday in a campus meeting, remarks that included a reference to simmering unhappiness over the eStem charter high school that opened on campus last year.
    • Sep 22, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…


Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation