On Thursday evening, the White House demanded a photo op in which President Trump made a series of vague comments like “this is the calm before the storm.” He said this while in the presence of “the world’s great military people.” It was an impromptu photo op that lasted less than a minute, but has the potential to have far-reaching implications.
“You guys know what this represents?” Trump asked reporters present during the photo op. “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.” When asked by a reporter what was the storm that President Trump was alluding to, Trump simply said that the United States has the world’s greatest military and quickly thanked them for coming.
A representative for NBC News pressed President Trump, asking about the storm – President Trump responded with “you’ll find out.” During these photo ops, photographers and columnists have to be aware of any “lids” placed for that day. A “lid” is when the president has finished any scheduled appearances for that day and is essentially done with the press. The lid was momentarily removed for the reporters.
TRUMP: "Maybe it's the calm before the storm."
REPORTER: "What storm Mr. President?"
TRUMP: "You'll find out." (via Satellite News) pic.twitter.com/bWMzGrDPNa
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 5, 2017
Before the impromptu photo op, President Trump was having dinner with military staff and their spouses in the Blue Room section of the White House. Some of these officials included general Joseph Dunford and Paul Selva, chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
What do you think Trump was alluding to with his cryptic message to the American people?