Mar-a-Lago Member Posts Photo with 'Nuclear Football' Aide

North Korea claims it has developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland but it has not tested one as yet

Mar-a-Lago Member Posts Photo with 'Nuclear Football' Aide

But it seems this administration is in for a penny, in for a pound when it comes to flubbing on national security: Once you start having classified national security strategy sessions in the middle of dinnertime surrounded by rich strangers, you might as well point your phone's eble camera, located right next to your phone's flashlight, at classified documents and have a phone call on another likely unsecured cell phone while those rich strangers snap photos and post what you're talking about on their public social media account.

The social media postings have sparked widespread alarm over the extraordinary security risks Trump poses by governing from his Palm Beach estate, where hundreds of members and staff who lack proper security clearances are free to roam while high level meetings, and even global crises, take place. "The two world leaders then conferred and then went into another room for hastily arranged press conference".

As CNN reported and the Facebook photos later illustrated, Abe and their parties stayed at their tables as their aides passed them bits of paper, lighting them up with their mobile phones so they could be read, while the keyboard vocalist hired for the night sang on and Mar-a-Lago guests huddled around to get a better view.

In one post, which shows President Trump on the phone while sitting next to Prime Minister Abe, DeAgazio wrote, "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". His Facebook entries about the night were briefly unavailable after he spoke with the Post, but the photos reappeared shortly after, but without captions.

In another now-deleted or hidden post, the member uploaded a picture of the "football guy" who was actually carrying nuclear codes. The photos depict Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe at the club and at dinner.

"Wow.the center of the action", one Mar-a-Lago member, real estate investor Richard DeAgazio, wrote on Facebook this weekend alongside series of photographs he took of the president of the United States conducting official business.

He posted several images of a man he identified as the presidential aide who carries the nuclear codes, or "football", identifying the aide by name.

'There wasn't any panicked look.

"That's when I saw things changing, you know", DeAgazio recalled in a telephone interview with The Washington Post on Monday.

'I thought he handled it very calmly, and very presidentially'. Any such protocols would not have applied to the terrace, which was full of members, who pay a $200,000 initiation fee (double what it was before Trump became president), according to CNBC.

"I looked it up" on Wikipedia, DeAgazio said.

Was DeAgazio anxious about the national-security implications of Trump's al-fresco discussion with Abe? I'll tell you everything I hear.

"It's unheard of. These people operate behind the scenes", said Julianne Smith, who was deputy national security adviser to Vice-President Joe Biden in the Obama White House.

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