Early on Friday morning, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted out a photo of President Donald Trump and his team being briefed on the Syria strikes in what some are calling his “alternative situation room” at Mar-a-Lago.
“Photo taken, after strike, approximately 9:15pm ET on Thursday April 6, 2017 in SCIF at Mar-a-Lago,” Spicer captioned the image. (SCIF stands for Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, a room designed to mimic the security and secure communications channels of the White House Situation Room.)
It wasn’t long before Twitter began the task of juxtaposing the newly released image with the iconic Obama “Situation Room” photo of the former president and his team watching the bin Laden raid go down in 2011.
Here are the two photos side by side:
Many critics on Twitter pointed out the similarities between the two images and accused the Trump administration of trying to stage its own famous “Situation Room” photo.
Others criticized Trump for authorizing the strikes against Syria from his “Winter White House” at Mar-a-Lago.
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Some people were more focused on who was in the room — namely Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner (who had a prime seat at the table) and Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon (who was recently removed from his National Security Counsel role, and who was relegated to a lesser-ranking chair at the rim of the room).
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A side by side comparison posted by John Aravosis of AMERICAblog juxtaposed the titles of the people in Trump’s situation room with those of the officials in Obama’s.
“Trump Syria Situation Room v. Obama bin Laden. Obama: nat’l sec. staff. Trump: relatives, political & Commerce Sec.,” Aravosis wrote.