The Internet was horrified and amazed to learn that a Mar-A-Lago club member posed for a selfie with a military officer he identified as the keeper of the “nuclear football.”
Richard DeAgazio, an actor and retired investor, posted the photo on his Facebook account after attending a party Saturday hosted by President Donald Trump at his private resort club in Palm Beach, Florida.
The president also took a national security phone call during dinner to discuss North Korea’s ballistic missile test.
The Trump supporter — who apparently joined the club just before Trump won the election and doubled membership fees to $200,000 — took down his social media account after the post went viral.
But Twitter users expressed their shock over the incident.
Open-air security meetings. Pictures with people holding the nuclear football. Lies about foreign conversations.
Imagine if it was Obama.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) February 13, 2017
— ❄️️Mo Fei Chen❄️️ (@DynaMoChen) February 13, 2017
Next week at Mar-a-Lago: first member who birdies the eighth hole gets to chair the next NSC Principals meeting.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 13, 2017
This administration is the national security risk! Why worry about a Muslim ban when you let guest pose for pics with the nuclear football? https://t.co/fAuLSzV0W4
— Phae Ellington (@PhaeEVrenae) February 13, 2017
— Meghan Stuthard (@MeghanShelby) February 13, 2017
I've already become so immune to this kind of thing that all I thought was "he's very handsome, that nuclear football guy" https://t.co/kEl7RDH14O
— Robert Shepherd (@vegetablelove) February 13, 2017
The fact that it took a selfie for people to know about the nuclear football is WAY more apocalyptic than the device itself.
— Jesse Case (@jessecase) February 13, 2017
"Nuclear football stolen at unsecured party at the president's house" is how the war starts in my comedy script, "Hail to the Clerk."
— iThad (@ThadOchocinco) February 13, 2017
This #nuclearfootball incident is actually making me nauseous with panic. This isn't a game. We have NO national security right now.
— Angelica (@aegbunny) February 13, 2017
Only a president as relentlessly lowbrow as Trump could create an environment where the "nuclear football” is a selfie opportunity.
— Dehydration Station (@DehydrationStn) February 13, 2017
My favorite part here is that he Wikipedia'd "nuclear football" for his post. https://t.co/q28yWATnOa
— El Czapo (@JohnCzahor) February 13, 2017
Come see the nuclear football THIS WEEK! Wed. 4-6pm at the Crystal City Shops and Friday from 1-3pm at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax!! #bethere
— NotDarrenRovell (@NotDRovell) February 13, 2017
do you think the nuclear football handler goes "touchdown" every time he hands it off and then he laughs but no one else laughs
— probably the devil (@emakbakia_) February 13, 2017
congress would be losing their minds had Obama admin allowed photos with the nuclear football guard. Fox News, well full on meltdown.
— Louie Petit (@LFPthree) February 13, 2017
— Eitan (@AnotherEitan) February 13, 2017