When news broke that North Korea had launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile, President Trump was in the middle of a weekend spent golfing and relationship-building with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe.
According to a CNN report, Trump took a call relative to the Saturday event on a mobile phone while enjoying dinner with Abe amongst other Mar-a-Lago club-goers.
The move out of North Korea marked the nation's first international challenge since Donald Trump took office as the 45th American president. As one the first national security incidents of his presidency, it put Trump in the position to shape public opinion of how the commander in chief would tackle such global occurrences.
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According to "fellow diners," who allegedly detailed the mood at the Florida club on Saturday evening, the dinner quickly transformed into a Trump camp strategy session.
Bannon & Flynn used phone flashlights for Trump read most secure N Korea docs w/waiters serving. Maybe Rs can scream more about HRC emails https://t.co/e7Dj8CaH8M
— Gene Sperling (@genebsperling) February 13, 2017
Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and chief strategist Steve Bannon left their table to huddle over documents and place phone calls to Washington and Tokyo. Aides used camera lights to help Trump and Abe read through documents, as the patio was dimly lit with candles.
One club member and onlooker, Richard DeAgazio, told the Washington Post he was impressed with how the president handled the situation, and posted pictures he had taken that evening to Facebook. While it appears his Facebook account is still active, the once-public images are no longer visible.
"He chooses to be out on the terrace, with the members. It just shows that he's a man of the people," DeAgazio said.
While Trump has deemed Mar-a-Lago the "Winter White House," it's important to note that security at the Florida club is not in sync with that of the Washington estate. Mar-a-Lago has hundreds of members who pay to use the club, as well as hosts non-members who might be attending events on any given day.
The global leaders eventually removed themselves from the dining table -- after continuing their dinner, which was reportedly on the salad course when news of the missile launch broke -- and huddled near a marble ballroom.
As Enrique Acevedo points out, President Trump's response to the move out of North Korea seemingly stands in stark contrast to how Barack Obama handled national security dealings.
The Obama way vs. the Trump way of handling an international crisis. No judgment, just facts. pic.twitter.com/nV5y2UAKPD
— Enrique Acevedo (@Enrique_Acevedo) February 13, 2017
President Trump and Prime Minister Abe gave emergency remarks on the missile launch, in which Abe called North Korea's launch "absolutely intolerable."
Trump had prepared remarks in front of him on the podium, but a senior administration official says their team decided not to read them. Trump did not mention the North Korea attack, but expressed America's commitment to Prime Minister Abe and Japan.
"I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%," Trump said.
After these remarks, the American president ended his night by stopping into a wedding in a room CNN says Trump "built and designed himself."