On Saturday evening, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out a photo of the Situation Room, stating that the president had put “our adversaries on notice” the previous night. The implication of the photo was that Trump and his staff were reacting to Friday night’s military strike on Syria.
Last night the President put our adversaries on notice: when he draws a red line he enforces it. (Inside the Situation Room as President is briefed on Syria – Official WH photos by Shealah Craighead) pic.twitter.com/GzOSejdqQh
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) April 15, 2018
Only one problem with the tweet — Vice President Mike Pence wasn’t in Washington on Friday evening. The photo shows Pence at the table thus highlighting that it was taken earlier in the week as the vice president was in Peru on Friday.
This was not lost on a number of sharp-eyed folks:
Fascinating tweet in which Sarah Sanders reveals that Mike Pence was simultaneously in Peru and Washington. If this new capability doesn’t scare our enemies, nothing will. #QuantumEntanglementMike https://t.co/YdeILzG28M
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) April 15, 2018
Fun fact: This picture is NOT from last night as Mike Pence is mysteriously in the room while also out of the country.
— Alex Singer (@AlexCSinger16) April 15, 2018
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) April 15, 2018
Sarah Sanders wanted really badly to have a dramatic photo of the decision to bomb Syria. It didn't work out so well. A play in two acts. pic.twitter.com/C7tXDhXGe5
— Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer) April 15, 2018
That is an incredible photo Sarah given that Pence was in Peru.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) April 15, 2018
Friday night @VP was off to Peru. @nikkihaley was in NY for UN. @PressSec appeared to be wearing this striped blouse at Wednesday's briefing so this behind the scenes photo in Situation Room likely not taken "last night" as tweet suggests but earlier in week https://t.co/RckDaLvOsF
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) April 15, 2018
— andy lassner (@andylassner) April 15, 2018
This is a photo from a briefing earlier in the week because Pence was in Peru on Friday when Trump ordered the strikes in Syria https://t.co/awydM174Lz
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) April 15, 2018
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