For over one year psychiatrists have suggested Donald Trump has multiple narcissistic traits, including the grandiose sense of self importance; the preoccupation with power, success and beauty; the need for admiration and the sense of entitlement. Up until now those traits probably didn’t compromise our national security. It didn’t really matter if he imagined the size of the inaugural crowd to be larger than it was.
It didn’t really matter if he thought he was born to be a king, or had an attitude of entitlement. We might complain about the exorbitant excursions to Mar-a-logo every weekend, or the cost of protecting Melania in New York, but that is all about money…not national security. Today, Donald Trump has gone too far. His sense of self importance and grandiosity is not only costing taxpayers outrageous amounts of money, but we are now watching Trump compromise national security.
President Donald Trump invited all 100 members of the Senate to meet at the White House to discuss the country’s response to North Korea’s escalation of development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles. A meeting is scheduled today with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and all 100 members of the US Senate AT THE WHITE HOUSE to discuss the US response.
Salon reported that the meeting will occur in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building auditorium. It will reportedly be made into a “sensitive compartmented information facility”—which means top secret information can be shared.
Some aides on the Hill have expressed uncertainty about the meeting. Salon wrote, “this could be a preparation for war—or just a forced attempt at a pre-100 days photo op.”
Congressional aides told Reuters that the meeting was originally scheduled to take place at a secured room at the Capitol, but President Trump asked to move the meeting to the White House. The auditorium will be temporarily turned into a “sensitive compartmented information facility,” or SCIF, which is the term for a room where sensitive national security information can be shared, the official said.
Officials said that after hearing of McConnell’s request, the president suggested nonchalantly that the senators should come to the White House because he’s a “gracious host.” Trump has cultivated a reputation in his meetings at the White House for relishing the opportunity to show off his historic digs.
Yet the White House setting perplexed lawmakers who have grown accustomed to such briefings taking place in a secure location on Capitol Hill, where there is more room to handle such a large group.
Past administrations have often held briefings for smaller groups of about two dozen or fewer lawmakers in the White House Situation Room. But they have traditionally sent high-level aides to Capitol Hill to hold discussions with larger groups in secure underground locations.
Such facilities are configured to withstand eavesdropping or other technical snooping in an effort to protect our national security. One aid said:
“These briefings are always, always, always done in the SCIF up here.”
“A Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (pronounced “skiff”), is a U.S. Department of Defense term for a secure room. It can be a secure room or data center that guards against electronic surveillance and suppresses data leakage of sensitive security and military information. SCIFs are used to deny unauthorized personnel, such as foreign intelligence services or corporate spies, the opportunity for undetected entry into facilities for the exploitation of sensitive activities.”
The SCIFs in Capitol Hill are “necessary to keep enemies from spying”.
“I heard this came from Trump himself, that in a nutshell he said, ‘Why don’t we have them up here instead?’ ” the aide said.
However forget for the moment the national security risk, and the cost associated with transporting 100 Senators to the White House, and securing a room at the White House. Consider the sheer arrogance of insisting that 100 Senators travel to the White House to hear from the President, instead of the President addressing the Senate in the Capitol.