President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to Afghanistan was astonishingly kept top-secret.
Considering nothing anyone does is clandestine anymore, the surreptitiousness might be the most remarkable aspect of Thursday’s pop-in appearance.
The administration deserves a hand for pulling it off and for, of course, the purpose of the trip.
The president’s tweets typically give clues to his every move, so that factored into the top-secret equation.
But really, how did the White House execute this surprise so well?
According to Business Insider, the strategy to preserve secrecy involved decoy planes, a false announcement from the White House regarding his whereabouts and continuous tweets from his personal Twitter account while he was en route.
Here’s another wild nugget of behind-the-scenes information, according to Business Insider: More than 12 journalists accompanied Trump, but they didn’t know the destination until just prior to landing.
Regarding the purpose of the trip, that’s apparently debatable.
According to the White House, Trump’s intentions solely focused on the troops and Thanksgiving. Some media outlets, such as The New York Times, are calling the trip political.
Could it have been both? Is there anything wrong with that? If so, why doesn’t the White House just say so?
“The Taliban wants to make a deal, and we’re meeting with them,” Trump said during the unannounced trip.
Trump served turkey, ate dinner with troops and gave a speech.
While the trip obviously served a political purpose, Trump’s Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan is one of the most memorable ways a president has spent the holiday.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the nation’s 32nd president, was the first president to spend Thanksgiving outside of the United States. He was aboard the U.S.S. Indianapolis.
Most carve out time with their families either at original homes or at Camp David, which is perfectly fine.
Trump’s Thanksgiving visit shouldn’t just be remembered for being top-secret and political. It should be remembered as one of his finer presidential moments.
(Also, that personal break from Twitter isn’t such an ill-advised thing.)