Jumping at the opportunity to criticize the president, Newsweek titled the piece, “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more.”
“As with any other day of the year, Trump will probably be tweeting, or expressing his opinions in another way,” wrote the publication.
Unbeknownst to Newsweek, the president and his staff went to “extreme security measures” so that he could make a surprise trip to Afghanistan and thank the troops for their service and serve them a Thanksgiving meal.
“There’s nowhere I’d rather spend Thanksgiving than with the toughest, fiercest warriors,” Trump said in an address to the troops. “I’m here to say Happy Thanksgiving and thank you very much. As president of the United States, I have no higher honor than serving as commander in chief.”
Fox News points out that those surrounding the president went to extreme lengths to ensure the news of his trip wouldn’t leak to the press.
The president snuck out of his Florida home at Mar-a-Lago and traveled to an undisclosed airport on Wednesday evening where he took a small, unmarked plane to Joint Base Andrews, in Maryland.
From there, he boarded Air Force One–which was hidden in a hangar instead of waiting on the tarmac:
“The plane landed in Afghanistan on a pitch-black runway, while the pool was only allowed to take pictures of Trump’s arrival from a nearby van. Accompanying Trump was White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
Grisham said that only a tight circle of White House officials knew about the trip, and the White House even scheduled tweets to be sent out from the president’s account during the Internet blackout that he faced.”
President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a photo of the Newsweek headline next to a photograph of the president serving dinner to the troops, writing “fake news vs. reality.”
The president responded to the tweet, writing “I thought Newsweek was out of business.”
I thought Newsweek was out of business? https://t.co/3ro4eSJloo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2019
Newsweek appears to have updated its headline, writing “How did Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and Surprising U.S. Troops in Afghanistan.”
Watch the president’s address to the troops below: