Courtesy of WaPo:Richard DeAgazio Thank you for exposing the sheer incompetence of @realDonaldTrump and staff. I hope you had a good weekend. #MaraLago perks pic.twitter.com/SNTcgSRMod— Martyn LeNoble (@martynlenoble) February 13, 2017
As a Mar-a-Lago member, DeAgazio already had remarkable access to a president that day. He had earlier snapped pictures of Trump and Abe golfing and of the president and White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon schmoozing guests.
Now, as a national-security crisis broke out in front of him, DeAgazio continued snapping pictures — and posting them on Facebook.
“The President receiving the news about the Missile incident from North Korea on Japan with the Prime Minister sitting next to him,” DeAgazio wrote as the caption for a photo he posted on Facebook at 9:07 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday.
Later, he posted other photos of Trump and Abe’s discussion, including some that seemed to have been taken from just a few feet away. Those photos have now been seen around the world, providing photographic proof of this unusual moment.
“HOLY MOLY !!!” De Agazio wrote later, when he posted those closer-up photos. “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!!!”
Here is DeAgasio posing with the guy holding the key to starting a nuclear war.Not gonna lie, Richard deAgazio's Facebook page is freaking me out a little. https://t.co/l5YCbmgkwE pic.twitter.com/TiFB0LWMtF— Matt Peterson (@mattbpete) February 13, 2017
And here is Trump appearing completely oblivious to the kind of danger he could potentially be putting our country into by conducting these conversations in an open area surrounded by people without a security clearance.This photo taken from my instagram TL seems to capture one of the moments described in this @CNN piece https://t.co/czixCjPox1 pic.twitter.com/OkiAkUcWdE— Enrique Acevedo (@Enrique_Acevedo) February 13, 2017
As you might imagine the intelligence folks are less than thrilled with Trump's nonchalant approach to security concerns:
Security experts have said this casual approach to national security discussions was very risky. The two leaders could have discussed classified documents within earshot of waiters and club patrons.
Those cellphones-turned-flashlights might also have been a problem: If one of them had been hacked by a foreign power, the phone’s camera could have provided a view of what the documents said.
Gee, no wonder they don't want to trust him with any classified intelligence briefings.
President Obama's official photographer weighed in on this as well.