The Washington metropolitan area, which encompasses the District of Columbia and nearby suburbs in Maryland and Virginia such as Bethesda and Alexandria, has a population of over 6.1 million. However, as any politician or those who work in government can attest, it can frequently seem like a very small town.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress go to see their doctors at the Betheda Naval Hospital, send their children to some of the same schools, and shop at venues such as Pentagon City Mall where they are likely to run into each other. 

This is true of Reagan National Airport, which is in Virginia and just across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia. On Friday, Politico posted a photo that depicted special counsel Robert Mueller, who is embattled with President Donald Trump over the continued probe into supposed Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and Donald Trump Jr. Mueller is apparently reading in a chair and waiting for a flight, while Trump Jr. is seen standing nearby and talking on a cellphone. Next to Trump Jr. are two men who may be Secret Service officers. Politico noted that the photo was taken at gate 35X at Reagan National. 

Necessity makes for strange bed-fellows in the city where Northern hospitality meets with Southern efficiency.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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