U.S. President Donald Trump is now on vacation so he is not in the White House anyway, though according to two officials familiar with the route of the United States government-approved Russian flight, the jet also passed over Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump is vacationing. The Russian jet, a Tupolev Tu-154M, also flew over the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Virginia, as well as Camp David and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
The Russian jet took the second flight in the afternoon and flew over Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Donald Trump is on a working vacation.
Later in the day, Pentagon officials played down the news, saying it was a "semi-routine" flight taking place under United States supervision.
The treaty allows the agreement's 34 signatory nations the right to conduct aerial observations of military assets possessed by other signing members. The agency can only confirm specific locations once a mission is over.
The Pentagon says that before the flights, each state is given the flight plan of the mission and an escort team flies aboard the aircraft to make sure it complies with the treaty.
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Both the U.S. and Russian Federation are signatories to the treaty along with 32 other nations.
He said the Russians had satellites they could use if they wanted to spy on British installations. After each flight, the host nation gets a copy of any imagery taken by the observation aircraft.
Washington, D.C.is not exempted from the treaty requirements, nor has there been any mention of private facilities such as golf courses owned by the president where he may be staying. The United States and Russian Federation both signed the treaty.
The Russian plane can conduct intelligence gathering including aerial photography, thermal imaging, and picking up signals intelligence.
The web site concludes: 'Open Skies is one of the most wide-ranging global arms control efforts to date to promote openness and transparency in military forces and activities'.