The Daily Show had a lot of fun on Thursday’s show, highlighting the latest out of the firing of James Comey and sharing a hefty laugh over Trump meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in The Oval Office. The situation is funny enough as it stands considering the ongoing investigation into Russian ties, but it is even better when you toss in the Russian photographer that was allowed in to shoot the meeting. The American media was barred, standing outside wondering why they weren’t allowed in, and then people started claiming the Russians likely bugged The Oval Office to add to the bedlam.
The White House claims they didn’t approve letting the Russian photographer into the meeting but who knows the truth at this point. Russia poured some salt in the wound by releasing the photos and none of it helps the Trump administration’s image. Luckily, according to Wired, the lapse in security likely wouldn’t be as devastating as some would think:
“It’s certainly possible that anybody could plant something. In theory, anything’s possible,” says Phil Polstra, a digital forensics professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania who studies low-power surveillance devices. “But the reality is it would be pretty hard to do anything…
“I can’t imagine that our country wouldn’t shield the Oval Office. That’s like security 101,” Polstra says. Any material with the right conductivity or magnetism can act as a shield. There’s even electromagnetic shield paint.
That said, Trevor Noah is right when he says Russia is over there laughing at Trump and the rest of the administration. Trusting any foreign body to stick by their word, especially Russia at this point, is just naive. It’s an open to for ridicule from your own country and a signal for the other nations to take advantage. Also, you just look silly.
Now Noah adds between the breaks that Trump shouldn’t be looked at as too silly. He returns to his ongoing comparison of Trump to an African dictator by saying he’s seen all of the actions that the president is taking before in his home of South Africa. Even the termination of the FBI director is torn out of the playbook of South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, though Noah points out that Zuma took it a step further by disbanding the country’s entire equivalent to the FBI. The reason? They investigate too much.