President Donald Trump’s “war room” at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida has been revealed in a photo released by press secretary Sean Spicer. It provides some insight into the President’s inner circle that handles national security decisions.
The photo was released this morning, and shows President Trump conferring with members of his cabinet and advisors. Here is the tweet from Sean Spicer.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) April 7, 2017
The Trump war room at the resort was a secure location, and the picture itself was taken after the airstrike. President Trump took his briefings and updates on the attack from the room.
The individuals in the Trump war room have been identified as follows. Clockwise from the top left: Unnamed man; Jared Kushner, adviser to the president; Steven Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary; Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary; Sean Spicer, Press Secretary; Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State; General H.R. McMaster, National Security Advisor; Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff. Seated on the right are from front: Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council; Dina Powell, Deputy National Security Advisor; Michael Anton, National Security Council spokesman; Stephen Miller, senior adviser; Steve Bannon, chief strategist.
Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine General Joseph Dunford joined the Trump war room remotely, Spicer said.
While many Democrats have criticized President Trump’s decision to strike Syria, America’s allies have supported it. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he fully supported the airstrike. He said it sent a “strong and clear message” that the use of chemical weapons by Syria “will not be tolerated.” Britain said the airstrike response by the United States was “appropriate.” China, Russia, Iran, and Bolivia were among the countries condemning President Trump’s airstrikes.
Trump is currently at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, entertaining Chinese President Xi Jinping and his delegation.
He has not been seen since he delivered a hastily-arranged statement on the launch last night. He was supposed to attend meetings with Xi today as they concluded their summit.
Trump unleashed his Tomahawk barrage on one of al-Assad’s key bases from the sea to avoid upsetting allies and using the huge US military arsenal built up off the coast of Syria.
The US President last night fired 59 missiles at al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs overnight in retaliation for the Syrian leader’s horrific chemical weapons attack on Idlib.
They were launched from his state of the art destroyers USS Ross and USS Porter which can fire dozens of Tomahawks with pinpoint accuracy from up to 1,500 miles away from their targets.
The destroyers’ locations are always kept secret but they are believed to have been off the coast of Turkey or Cyprus, around 150 to 200 miles away from al-Shayrat – and fired 30 minutes after they warned the Russians to leave the base and surrounding area.
The laser-guided Tomahawk is the US military’s most advanced missile carrying a 1,000lb bomb powerful enough to destroy most targets with enough accuracy to avoid hitting any Russians and sparking war between the two superpowers.
In response Moscow has already pledged to strengthen Assad’s air defenses, will stop sharing intelligence with Washington and has diverted its main Black Sea fleet warship The Admiral Grigorovich to the Syrian port of Tartus.
The history of Mar-a-Lago
Mar-a-Lago was purchased in 1985 by President Trump, and has acted as his Camp David, a presidential retreat of sorts. It was built in 1924 and is a National Historic Landmark. The mansion at the resort acts as a high-end hotel, and the President and his family stay in a separate residence on the grounds.
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