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‘Classified’ Folder On Display In Trump Tower Sign Of ‘Contemptuous’ Attitude: Watchdog


An empty folder marked “Classified” and a Situation Room brochure on display at a Trump Tower bar further expose Donald Trump’s “contemptuous” attitude toward the law and U.S. security issues, charged the leader of a national watchdog organization.

“It’s a extremely cavalier approach to a serious national security system and issues,” Noah Bookbinder, president of Residents for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told HuffPost on Friday. “It shouldn’t be treated evenly. There’s a reason that is taken very seriously.”

The display in the previous president’s constructing underscores his “contemptuous attitude” concerning the national security system and his belief that he “doesn’t need to follow the foundations,” Bookbinder said.

The folder marked “Classified” on a red banner with the presidential seal and an “Evening Summary” label has been on display for several months behind glass within the 45 Wine and Whiskey Bar within the lobby of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan. The display also includes several huge photos of Trump and copies of letters and notes to and from the previous president.

The bar in Trump Tower is full of Trump administration memorabilia.

Next to the “Classified” folder is a “Situation Room” brochure marked “unclassified FOUO,” meaning “for official use only.”

A folder marked A folder marked “Classified” and “Evening Summary” and a Situation Room brochure are on display on the bar within the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Former FBI official Peter Strzok identified that despite the fact that the brochure is unclassified, federal rules regulate the handling of papers marked “for official use only.” The bar “sure isn’t an ‘official use,’” Strzok noted.

FOUO information “must be handled in a fashion that provides assurances that unauthorized individuals don’t gain access,” based on federal guidelines.

The Situation Room brochure on display in Trump Tower is marked The Situation Room brochure on display in Trump Tower is marked “unclassified” but FOUO: “for official use only.”A peek inside.

The folder and brochure weren’t removed even after the FBI last month seized several boxes of White House documents, including classified and top secret files, from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

It’s uncertain if the Trump Tower display is authentic or original, though the brochure specifically appears worn as if it’s been used. The FBI declined to comment in response to a question from HuffPost in regards to the display. The bartender said she was unaware of the history of the folder and brochure, and the Trump Organization couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

If authentic, the folder can be the primary widely known “Classified” folder on a Trump property outside of Mar-a-Lago.

Some Trump critics have speculated that White House documents meant to be under the control of the National Archives may very well be hidden away at quite a few Trump properties. A video has been circulating on social media apparently showing boxes much like those seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago being moved in May to Trump’s golf resort in Bedminster, Recent Jersey.

Besides raising national security concerns (Bookbinder said he wonders what happened to any papers that might need been contained in the folder), Trump can also be once more using the presidential seal, which is on the folder, to advertise his business.

“Use of the presidential seal to promote an institution is illegitimate,” Bookbinder stated. “It’s never been OK, it’s still not OK.” CREW has filed complaints about Trump’s repeated use of the seal to advertise his golf courses.

Last week, a pair who walked into the open lobby bar to have a look at the folder within the display were forcefully escorted out by a security guard, who told them they might need to “order food” in the event that they wanted to have a look at the folder.

The folder and brochure have been on display on the bar no less than since early this 12 months. The Recent York Times wrote a story in February about how Trump was making the most of his presidency, and the display may be seen in a photograph within the article.

Last month, after the FBI seized documents from Mar-a-Lago, political pranksters The Good Liars posted a photograph of themselves sitting in front of the display. Several people responding on Twitter were uncertain if it was a joke with a tricked-out photo.

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