Why were Bannon, Kushner, Miller, Ross, Spicer in Situation Room Syria briefing?

White House spokesman Sean Spicer tweeted a photo today of Donald Trump and key staff receiving a Syria briefing from his national security team.

The photo is reminiscent of the Situation Room photo of President Obama, VP Biden, Secretary of State Clinton and others being briefed on the status of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

But there’s a striking difference. While Obama’s briefing included national security staff, Trump’s included relatives, political staff, and the Secretary of Commerce.

Here are the two photos. First, Obama, annotated by Hannah Ross. You’ll note it’s entirely made up of national security staff, or the chief of staff. There isn’t even a spokesperson present. And certainly, Sasha and Malia were nowhere to be found.

Now here’s Donald Trump’s version. Why is Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner there? Why is Steve Bannon, who’s job is entirely political. Same goes for Steven Miller, whose job has nothing to do with war, and who is also political.

But the real piece de resistance is the Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of the Treasury, and the director of the National Economic Council. What role could they possibly have in planning a Tomahawk missile attack on Syria? Maybe Trump was serious about invading the Middle East and taking over its oil. Is that their role at the table?

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  • quax

    But look at if from the level of diversity in the room, with the Trump admin we get it all: White guy with no hair, white guys with all sort of different balding patterns, white guy with youthful full hair, white guy with stringy unwashed hair and white guy with transplanted anal hair.

    (BTW they were so wrapped up in what they were doing, they didn’t notice the coffee lady also sat down).

  • What’s on the table?

  • Mitchell

    One room is in Washington where those people are, the other is in Florida where they are yucking it up. How did they hide their drinks with the umbrellas?

  • Demosthenes

    Trump invited his political advisors and son in law because he needs them to dumb down the data to a 4th Grade level.

  • brel1

    Everything in the government is upside down right now. The incompetent liar in chief who has taken lying to a whole knew level is tearing down the government.

  • Niblet58

    Every step of the way he shows how jealous he is of President Obama.

  • Niblet58

    Punch and pie!

  • Bill_Perdue

    Trumps attacks was a war crime and a continuation of the war crimes of every Democrat and Republican regime since 1848 except Lincoln’s.

  • Quilla

    Someone said there would be cake.

  • Badgerite

    Cough. (staged) Cough.

  • T Wright

    Who did you expect to be in there, military commanders or the joint chiefs of staff? Now why in the world would trump have qualified personnel in the room to overshadow his ego?

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