During an outdoor dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb. 12, 2017,
word arrived that North Korea had launched a missile. As the two leaders quickly conferred
about this development, written documents were placed in front of them... which were apparently
difficult to read in the available light. "The patio was lit only
with candles and moonlight, so aides used the camera lights on their phones to help
the stonefaced Trump and [prime minister] read through the documents"
This was quickly reported as a potential security hazard, because adversaries could have hacked the
waiters' mobile phones to gather image data (the documents being reviewed) or audio
data (the conversation) while the phones were in proximity to the president
In January 2018
Trump's "visual acuity" without glasses was 20/30 in both eyes
, but the report did
not specify if this was distance vision or near vision (deliberate ambiguity?).
Based on the universality of presbyopia, it is certain that 20/30 represents
distance vision and that his near-vision acuity is publicly unknown.
The image below -- from the now defunct Twitter feed of a Richard DeAgazio -- shows light being shined
on the dinner table where the President and the Prime Minister were sitting. However,
in the top photograph it is not actually clear that President Trump is at the table,
and the other two photographs do not show phones being used as flashlights.
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