14 February 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump has reacted to Sunday’s missile launch by North Korea, but it wasn’t the sort of response expected from a Trump who during his campaign said he would be firm on the isolated Asian country
According to reports, Trump crafted his response alongside his security team in a crowded dining room of the Mar-a-Lago club, as waiters and diners looked on.
Pyongyang fired the ballistic missile on a high arc into the sea early on Sunday in the first test of President Trump’s vow to get tough on isolated North Korea, which tested nuclear devices and ballistic missiles last year at an unprecedented rate.
The launch has been met with widespread condemnation, with China stating the root cause of the action is Pyongyang’s friction with the U.S. and South Korea.
But Trump’s response pretty much fell below this standard and even the expected standard.
Trump, who was hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Florida residence when news of the launch emerged, did not leave his dinner table while he discussed his tactical response with advisers.
Other diners were reportedly able to listen in as they continued eating.
Because of the mood lighting, phone flashlights were reportedly used by the President’s team to read highly secure documents on North Korea – which had fired a powerful Musudan rocket into the sea of Japan about one hour before.
Critics have said his unorthodox response left national security vulnerable to spies and surveillance.
Diners were apparently even able to take photos as some of them were seen in social media.