‘Wow…..the Center of the Action!!!’
A member of President Donald Trumpâ€™s Mar-a-Lago resort appears to have taken images of the Commander-in-Chief, Prime Minister of Japan ShinzÅ Abe, about a dozen aides, and what are presumably security documents on the dining table during the Presidentâ€™s briefing just after North Korea launched a missile Saturday night. The photos were posted to the Facebook account of Richard DeAgazio, who is being described as a member of the President’s Florida resort, along with one of him with the man who carries the “nuclear football.”Â
DeAgazio on Facebook wrote:
HOLY MOLY !!! 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. 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!!!Â
DeAgazio, a Trump supporter, reportedly had taken down or hidden his Facebook page once the media began reporting on the photos, but it appears now to be back up. His profile picture shows him holding a photo of himself posing with the President.Â
â€œ’The meeting was conducted out in the open, in front of paying members of the club, with cell phones pointing toward sensitive documents. The decision-making about how to respond to North Korea was “on full view to fellow diners,’ CNN reported,â€ according to Business Insider.Â
â€œCNN reports that, instead of retiring to a secure room, Trump took the briefing in the middle of the resortâ€™s public terrace. Even worse, his aides lit the documents with their cell phones, since apparently no one had a lamp handy,â€ The Vergeâ€™s Russell Brandom reports.Â
That is a really bad idea.Â
Weâ€™ve written before about how Trumpâ€™s lingering Android habit makes him vulnerable to hacking, and this is the perfect example. The concern is a hot mic attack, in which a hacker uses the compromised phone to record private conversations. But as our demo showed, itâ€™s just as easy to compromise the camera, allowing the attacker to see whatever is in front of the phone. Thatâ€™s usually not as useful, provided the target doesnâ€™t physically hold up the phone and point it at sensitive intelligence documents, but here we are.Â
â€œIt is unclear if Trump had his unsecured Android phone with him during the briefing, which he still carries around with him to send tweets, according to the New York Times. The unsecured phone is susceptible to phishing attacks that could infect the phone with malware, which is capable of taking over the phone’s camera and microphone.â€
It’s important to note that President Trump won the election in part by denigrating Hillary Clinton for what he falsely described as criminal activity, the use of a private email server and being “careless,” with some emails, according to FBI Director Comey.
The FBI Director has not weighed in publicly.
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Trump Is a ‘Phony President’ Who Must Immediately Be Removed From Office: Ethics Watchdog Richard Painter
The former chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration argued President Donald Trump must be immediately removed from office during a Monday appearance on MSNBC’s “The Beat.”
Guest anchor Ayman Mohyeldin played a clip of Trump saying the emoluments clause of the United States Constitution is “phony.”
“What other parts of the Constitution are phony?” Painter wondered. “The First Amendment? Freedom of the press? The impeachment clause of the Constitution? He is going to find out than one soon. The 25th Amendment, is that phony? The 25th Amendment that empowers the cabinet and Congress to remove a president who is psychologically unstable, unfit for office? He wants to say the Constitution is phony.”
“He has no business being president of the United States. He needs to be impeached and removed from office now. The emoluments clause is a critically important part of the Constitution that was inserted in there by the Founders because they did not want foreign governments being able to influence United States government officials,” he explained.
“It is not a phony constitution. We are not a phony country. We have a constitution, and we don’t want a phony president,” Painter said. “He needs to get out of there if he can’t play by the rules.”
Teacher at Taxpayer-Funded Private Christian School Forced Out for Being Gay
A private Christian school in Florida that receives taxpayer funding for school vouchers has forced out one of its teachers, she says, because she is gay.
Monica Toro Lisciandro says Covenant Christian School in Palm Bay, Florida not only parted ways with her after she acknowledged she is gay when school administrators asked her, but her students were told her “morals” did not line up with the schools, Lisciandro says.
The school questioned Lisciandro, who teaches theater, after someone called to report saying they had seen her at a pride event.
“Lisciandro said the assistant principal told her the school received word that Lisciandro was in a relationship with a woman, she had attended a pride festival, and she hosted an LGBTQ group in her studio,” Florida Today reports.
“Well, it’s true,” she told the assistant principal.
“I want kids to see me and know that you can be a Christian and you can be gay,” Lisciandro tells Florida today (video below). “You can be gay, you can teach at a Christian school. You don’t have to feel shame about who you love, or who you are, or how you were born to be.”
Covenant Christian School has come under fire recently after reports found the school’s handbook says students can be expelled for being gay. Florida offers no protections for LGBTQ employees, and faith-based schools and workplaces are often exempt from laws that protect LGBTQ people. That handbook has since been removed from the school’s website.
The school also blamed her for leaving.
“I am sorry to say that for personal reasons, Mrs. Lisciandro is not able to continue teaching our musical theater class. We are aggressively pursuing another teacher to finish the class and (direct) our play, and I will keep you posted,” Head of School Lorne Wenzel wrote in an email sent to parents.
Covenant Christian participates in the State of Florida’s school voucher program. That program has come under fire for its anti-LGBTQ policies. One opinion writer, citing the school’s policy of expelling students who are gay, observed, “the line separating church from state has been crossed.”
Those vouchers help offset the school’s tuition. Fees and tuition combined can reach over $8600 per year per student. The school also asks for a voluntary “faith pledge,” or donation, of around $500 per family.
Video via Florida Today:
CNBC Reporter Laments ‘Very Sad’ Decline of Trump: ‘We Just Heard 20 Minutes of Nonsense’
CNBC’s John Harwood reacted to President Donald Trump’s appearance before the press corps on Monday by calling it “20 minutes of nonsense.”
“I say it is nonsense,” Harwood explained following Trump’s comments. “We just heard 20 minutes of nonsense from the president. It was very sad actually. He looked to me like somebody who understands his White House is in crisis and he’s in over his head.”
“And you have Democrats coming after him and career diplomats and Republicans who are fed up with defending him privately,” he continued. “They make fun of him behind his back. His own former officials don’t respect him. This is a situation where a president is trying to justify the picture that exists in his head [of an] all powerful and efficient guy that’s doing a great job.”
“That was a sad performance from the president just now,” Harwood concluded.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
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