After a North Korean ballistic missile test Saturday, President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe partially planned their response within view of diners at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, where they were having dinner.
Aides surrounded the two leaders and shined mobile phone flashlights on documents to better see them on an outdoor terrace. The situation broke out while Trump was at the private Palm Beach, Florida, property near other diners, many of whom are paying members of the club, which Trump still owns.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later said that Trump was briefed in an enclosed space and the discussions in the open were only about press conference logistics.
After conferring, Trump and Abe held a joint News conference addressing the missile test. CNN first reported that they coordinated their response to the incident in front of other diners at Mar-a-Lago.
One club member, Richard DeAgazio, posted photos of Trump on Facebook, saying in one caption that he saw the president “receiving the news about the missile incident” with Abe sitting next to him, according to The Washington Post. The timing of the photos relative to when Trump found out about the test was not clear.
DeAgazio’s Facebook entries about the night were briefly unavailable after he spoke with the Post, but the photos reappeared shortly after, but without captions.
Source : CNBC