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President Trump Accused Of Risking National Security (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

Photos of President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looking at documents together in a public dining room in Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, are raising concerns about national security.

The photos were taken by Facebook user Richard DeAgazio on Feb. 11, the Daily Mail reported. They show several aides huddled around Trump and Abe, with some using their cellphones to help illuminate documents so the two world leaders could read them.

DeAgazio posted the photos on Facebook, noting that North Korea had just completed a missile test.

"HOLY MOLY !!! 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," DeAgazio wrote in a Facebook post.

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"The Prime Minister Abe of Japan huddles with his staff and the President is on the phone with Washington D.C.," DeAgazio wrote as the caption. "The two world leaders then conferred and then went into another room for hastily arranged press conference. Wow.....the center of the action!!!"

The posts have since been deleted.

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Concerns were raised about the manner in which Trump was conducting national security business, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Feb. 13 that the two world leaders were not discussing any classified material at the dinner table.

Spicer added that Trump was briefed previously and afterward about North Korea's missile launch in a secure setting. He said the photos showed Trump and Abe discussing the logistics of a press conference they were about to hold.

Meanwhile, Democrats pointed out the hypocrisy of Trump's previous complaints about former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.  

"There's inconsistency all over the place in terms of how much Donald Trump raised national security on the campaign trail and how he is now operating as president," Brian Fallon, who was Clinton's campaign spokesman, told The Associated Press. "And there's hypocrisy from congressional leaders who demagogued this issue, constantly accusing Hillary Clinton of doing something that was far less egregious than this very conspicuous departure from security protocols."

Sources: Daily Mail, AP / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr, Richard DeAgazio/Facebook via Daily Mail

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