President Donald Trump spent the past weekend entertaining Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. However, when he was on his way back to Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Air Force One became involved in a frightening incident, which we are just learning about now.
At 6:23 p.m. on Sunday evening, as the president’s plane was preparing to land at Joint Base Andrews, another aircraft came unusually close. The other plane was identified as a C-17 Globemaster military aircraft. Though members of the media who were on board the flight noted that they had never before witnessed another plane come so close to Air Force One, no evasive measures were taken, and the president landed six minutes later.
“I would say beyond all doubt that this is a strange occurrence,” said a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel commenting on the incident, who was quoted by Strategic Sentinel, which specializes in geospatial intelligence. Still, no explanation has been offered, which only the makes it all the more troubling.
Officials have questioned whether the president is truly safe, even with the abundance of security and safety measures which surround him at every moment. This report will surely not help to ease any fears. Coupled with this new revelation about a military plane flying dangerously close to Air Force One are mounting reports regarding the Secret Service’s multiple faux pas.
Just last week, an agent from Vice President Mike Pence’s detail turned himself in after being caught in a hotel room with a prostitute. Before that, a pair of agents tried to take selfies with Trump’s grandson, who was asleep in the back of a vehicle at the time. When the boy awoke, he was rightfully distressed by the incident. He immediately told his mother what had happened and an investigation was launched.
Certainly, everyone makes mistakes. However, the security surrounding the President of the United States and his family is intended to be the best of the best. The track record we have seen thus far hardly reflects that reputation. When you consider the forces at play, which are actively trying to take Trump down, fears for his safety are definitely warranted.
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