Trumps sneaky Thanksgiving

Brynn Rippy

This year on Thanksgiving, President Trump made a sneaky trip to Afghanistan to see the troops. He slipped into his Mar-La-ago estate unnoticed. “It’s a dangerous area and he wants to support the troops,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham explained aboard Air Force One as she briefed reporters on the President’s destination. “He and Mrs. Trump recognize that there’s a lot of people far away from their families during the holidays and we thought it’d be a nice surprise.” Planning for the trip began weeks ahead of time, but only a very tight circle of White House officials were aware. And the White House went to new lengths to avoid arousing suspicion. On Thursday morning, the @realDonaldTrump account posted an unremarkable tweet wishing Americans a happy Thanksgiving. That tweet and several other retweets late Wednesday and early Thursday had in fact been scheduled ahead of time to avoid arousing suspicions around a President who rarely goes a dozen hours without taking to social media. As Trump stepped off the plane at the US’s biggest air base in Afghanistan, he was greeted by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley. Two surveillance blimps could be seen in the night sky overhead. Trump arrived in time to serve Thanksgiving dinner to about two dozen troops before sitting down to eat with Barrasso and a commander based at Bagram. Playing behind them while they ate: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, beamed live from back in New York.