Actor and businessman Richard DeAgazio uploaded social media photos of himself and a military aide who was reportedly carrying nuclear codes for President Donald Trump at the president's Mar-a-Lago Club on Feb. 11.
"This is Rick...He carries the 'football,'" DeAgazio wrote on Facebook, using the nickname for the briefcase containing the means to allow the president to start a nuclear attack, The Washington Post reports.
DeAgazio said the military aide did not explicitly tell him what the briefcase actually contained.
“I looked it up,” DeAgazio said. “He didn’t say anything to me.”
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That same day, DeAgazio, who is a member of the club, also posted photos of Trump with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe around the time North Korea launched a missile.
"HOLY MOLY !!!" De Agazio posted later. “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. The Prime Minister Abe of Japan huddles with his staff and the President is on the phone with Washington DC. the two world leaders then conferred and then went into another room for hastily arranged press conference. Wow.....the center of the action!!!"
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For many, these photos proved controversial.
"Pay to play politics at it's finest," wrote one person on Heavy's Facebook page. "Billionaires and millionaires have his ear...the rest of us can just screw off...preferably to another country, via deportation...even if American...there is no room for middle class people in this country...just the wealthy, and the lower class to serve them...and then to be deported once they have outlived their usefulness…"
Others worried about the national security implications of Trump doing work at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where servers could easily overhear conversations that discuss classified information.
"The scene of their discussion, Trump’s club, has been called 'The Winter White House' by the president’s aides," writes David A. Fahrenthold for The Washington Post. "But it is very different than the actual White House, where security is tight and people coming in are tightly screened. Trump’s club, by contrast, has hundreds of paying members who come and go, and it can be rented out for huge galas and other events open to non-members."
DeAgazio says he believes the president handled the situation well -- and there was nothing to worry about.
“You don’t hear anything," DeAgazio said, referring to the background music and loud conversations.
DeAgazio later deleted his Facebook page, The Washington Times reports.