Remember that aircraft carrier that Trump sent to deter North Korea? It turns out that was all a big lie, as the aircraft carrier was never going to the Sea of Japan and was traveling 3,500 miles in the opposite direction.
The New York Times reported, “The problem was, the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the four other warships in its strike force were at that very moment sailing in the opposite direction, to take part in joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula. White House officials said on Tuesday they were relying on guidance from the Defense Department. Officials there described a glitch-ridden sequence of events, from a premature announcement of the deployment by the military’s Pacific Command to an erroneous explanation by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis — all of which perpetuated the false narrative that an American armada was racing toward the waters off North Korea.”
The Trump White House is blaming the Pentagon, but it a glaring display of ineptitude that administration officials continued to talk about the aircraft carrier as a deterrent when it was literally going thousands of miles in the opposite direction.
The aircraft carrier debacle brings up an interesting question. How does the commander in chief not know that an aircraft carrier is not heading to deter North Korea? Is there anyone in the Trump administration who is paying attention to the movements of the US military?
The Trump White House either lied about the aircraft carrier, or were lied to, and didn’t care enough to check on the truth. Neither of these possibilities is a good development for the country.
So much for Donald Trump the strongman president.
A White House that already had zero credibility at home is making itself look like a lying bunch of inept buffoons to the rest of the rest of the world.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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