In more news about how President Donald Trump only hires “the best people,” former reality TV show contestant on the NBC show once hosted by the former reality TV show host who currently sits in the White House in the highest office in the land apparently recorded conversations in the Situation Room. Considering that Trump’s most vocal argument against his political opponent involved questionable handling of national security information, this news is not only highly alarming, but more than a little ironic, as well.
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 12, 2018
Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who once served as a completely unqualified advisor to the president because she once appeared on his reality TV show, said blatantly untrue but flattering things about him, and provided him with a much-needed token brown face of support, appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday to play a recorded conversation of her firing by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
In other words, a high-ranking official in the White House carried a cell phone into the room where the most highly classified and crucial decisions are made to record conversations and no one stopped her. In fact, no one in charge of the security of our nation was even aware that it was happening. Feel safe yet?
If Omarosa carried for example a cellphone into the Situation Room, then not only did she record conversations there, but so potentially has any country or criminal organization that thought to hack her phone
— David Frum (@davidfrum) August 12, 2018
On the recording, Kelly can be heard making a thinly-veiled threat against Manigault-Newman to silence her upon her firing from the White House.
‘I think it’s important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure, we can all be, you know you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation. And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future, relative to your reputation.’
As someone who spent a fair amount of time in the Situation Room, I can’t even begin to wrap my head around how insane this is https://t.co/OC3Z8I0FKO
— Ilan Goldenberg (@ilangoldenberg) August 12, 2018
This revelation is shocking on many levels. Yes, it is alarming to hear White House staff threatened into silence. Absolutely, it is surprising to know that top White House officials could be hired against all rational advice only to be fired a year later when “integrity issues” were discovered.
However, what is most gut-wrenchingly frightening about this story is that the same room where Obama’s top security officials directed the killing of Osama bin Laden and where “sound-soak material” lines the walls to protect the nation’s most sensitive information has now allowed a cell phone inside to record conversations. That, without a doubt, is the red flashing light that should be the focus of this news.
Omarosa being able to tape in the Situation Room isn't funny.
We understand the absurdity, but we implore people to not make it into a joke.
These kinds of security breaches in the WH can cost troops' lives, and @POTUS is ultimately responsible. This is on Trump.
— VoteVets (@votevets) August 12, 2018
While the spectacle of a highly unqualified former reality TV show host running a reality TV show presidential administration rages on, it’s easy to be so caught up in the entertainment of it all that we overlook how very threatening it is to see those in charge of national security bumble their way through serious mistakes and breeches of protocol. Never forget, however, that the security of our nation, our troops, and our infrastructure hangs in the balance while Trump tweets from unsecured cell phones and his celebrity friends threaten all of our lives.
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