‘Waiters Cleared the Wedge Salads and Brought Along the Main Course as Trump and Abe Continued Consulting With Aides’
SaturdayÂ evening, after playing golf with Prime Minister ShinzÅ AbeÂ ofÂ Japan, PresidentÂ Donald Trump received a call on his cell phone telling him thatÂ North Korea had just launched a ballistic missile. The problem: the two heads of government were sitting down to dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago restaurant, “in the middle of the private club’s dining area,” as CNN reports.
Rather tha excuse himself and move to a secure and private location, Trump and Abe discussed the possible threat to their nations’ security and developed together a plan to respond as “Mar-a-Lago’s wealthy members looked on from their tables, and with a keyboard player crooning in the background.”
The “decision-making” of Trump’s “first emergency foreign policy”Â was “on full view to fellow diners, who described it in detail to CNN.”
Trump and Abe were not alone.
As soon as the news came, “Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and chief strategist Steve Bannon left their seats to huddle closer to Trump as documents were produced and phone calls were placed to officials in Washington and Tokyo.”
Trump and Abe were not just within earshot of diners.
“Waiters cleared the wedge salads and brought along the main course as Trump and Abe continued consulting with aides.”
This is a perfect photo. So of course the original is on the iPhone of a random Mar-a-Lago person with access to the president. pic.twitter.com/bA1miZvyN4
â€” Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) February 13, 2017
During the presidential election race,Â Donald Trump labeled Hillary Clinton “crooked Hillary” and claimed not only should she be in jail for her handling of State Dept. emails, but that he himself would put her there. Yet now President Trump is discussing classified national security issues literally in the middle of a restaurant whose only barrier to the general public is the newly-doubled $200,000 initiationÂ fee.
The Obama way vs. the Trump way of handling an international crisis. No judgment, just facts. pic.twitter.com/nV5y2UAKPD
â€” Enrique Acevedo (@Enrique_Acevedo) February 13, 2017
The situation did not go unnoticed by at least one Clinton:
How many of Mar-a-Lago’s new members will be (already are?) members of foreign intelligence agencies & media organizations? https://t.co/8JqJfoWidP
â€” Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 13, 2017
Some responses via Twitter:
â€” Michelle Watson (@MichelleWatson) February 13, 2017
Mar-a-Lago members were actually able to describe to CNN, in detail, how our President’s nat’l security team responded to a nuclear crisis.
â€” Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) February 13, 2017
Collecting intelligence on the US president is now as simple as paying off a Mar-a-Lago waiter.
â€” Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) February 13, 2017
The GOP yelled about email security for years. There are currently waiters at Mar-a-Lago who know more about N. Korea than the Joint Chiefs.
â€” Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) February 13, 2017
Camp David exists precisely because Mar a Lago shouldn’t.
â€” Thers (@Thers) February 12, 2017
If you are Russia or China, why bother to bribe a spy? Cheaper and easier to pay the Mar-a-Lago fees! https://t.co/KGxDah1vA2
â€” Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) February 13, 2017
You know what’s more dangerous than sending emails on a private server? HASHING OUT NORTH KOREA STRATEGY IN FRONT OF RANDOS IN A RESTAURANT. https://t.co/h8mL7U81Tz
â€” Molly Knight (@molly_knight) February 13, 2017
â€” Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) February 12, 2017
Trump conducted high-level talks about a N. Korean missile test in a Mar-a-Lago dining room full of members but Hillary had an email server.
â€” Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) February 13, 2017
â€” Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) February 13, 2017
This is not how you make America Safe Again. Not even close. https://t.co/rpdI6a7G5H
â€” Shannon (@sch1star) February 13, 2017
Image via Enrique Acevedo/Twitter
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‘None Whatsoever’: US Diplomat Burns to the Ground Trump Lie That Joe Biden’s Actions Are ‘Corrupt’
President Donald Trump’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, in bombshell testimony Wednesday destroyed the president’s lie that Joe Biden’s actions, especially toward Ukraine, are “corrupt.”
Asked if there any factual basis to support Trump’s allegations, Kent replied: “None whatsoever.”
Kent debunks Trumpworld’s argument that Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine were somehow corrupt pic.twitter.com/B3NDloJWIO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 13, 2019
Taylor Staffer Overheard Trump Impatiently Asking Sondland About ‘The Investigations’ Day After Infamous July 25 Call
The acting ambassador to Ukraine said he has learned since his closed-door testimony that President Donald Trump appeared keenly interested in the status of an investigation into Joe Biden by Ukraine.
Bill Taylor, the president’s top diplomat in Ukraine, testified Wednesday that he learned last week from a staffer, after he was deposed in a closed-door hearing, about an incident that took place a day after Trump’s call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26,” Taylor testified.
Taylor was visiting the front of Ukraine’s war with Russia at the time with Kurt Volker, then a special envoy to the country, and a member of the ambassador’s staff accompanied EU ambassador Gordon Sondland to a meeting with Andrey Yermak, an aide to Zelensky.
“Following that meeting, in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv,” Taylor testified. “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations.’”
“Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward,” Taylor added.
Taylor’s staff member asked Sondland what the president thought about Ukraine, and the acting ambassador was troubled by his State Department colleague’s response.
“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor testified. “At the time I gave my deposition on October 22, I was not aware of this information. I am including it here for completeness.”
Taylor said he first reported that new information through the State Department’s legal adviser, and then through attorneys for both House Republicans and Democrats.
Nunes Promotes Debunked Conspiracy Theories: Democrats Colluded With Russia and Are ‘Culpable’ of ‘Malfeasance’ in Ukraine
Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) in his opening remarks on the first day of public witness testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, charged House Democrats with wholly debunked conspiracy theories. Among them, that Democrats – not Donald Trump – colluded with Russia, and Ukraine, not Russia, attacked the 2016 U.S. elections. Also, that Democrats, not President Trump, committed wrongdoing against Ukraine.
So, Nunes is claiming (falsely) that Democrats both colluded with Ukraine and attacked Ukraine (video below.)
“Democrats have a long habit of accusing Republicans of offenses they, themselves, are committing,” Nunes claimed. “For years they accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia when they themselves were colluding with Russia by funding and spreading the Steele Dossier that relied on Russian sources. And now they accuse President Trump of malfeasance in Ukraine, when they, themselves, are culpable. The Democrats cooperated in Ukrainian election meddling,” Nunes charged.
Literally every word is a lie.
Remember that the U.S. Intelligence Community unanimously decreed that Russia attacked the 2016 U.S elections. That fact was once again proven during the Mueller investigation, and in the Mueller Report. There is literally zero proof of Nunes’ claims.
Nunes, who may be best remembered for his dramatic dark of night visit to the White House in 2017, where he was given information by the Trump administration only to claim it was from a secret source. That information was falsely framed to suggest (wrongly) the Obama administration had illegally investigated the Trump campaign.
Nunes: Democrats colluded with Russia, not Trump. pic.twitter.com/SFy53dL2MC
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 13, 2019
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