Remember Pres. Donald Trump’s now infamous chocolate cake interview? Now another part of the president’s conversation with Fox Business has come under scrutiny. The “armada” he claimed he was sending to North Korea was actually headed the other way!
In a fawning interview with Fox’s Maria Bartiromo, Trump began by bashing President Barack Obama, as is his custom: “You know, I don’t talk about the military, I’m not like Obama.”
Trump on North Korea—“We are sending an armada”
He then said:
“We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you. And I will say this, he [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] is doing the wrong thing.”
Trouble is, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its three-ship strike force were actually sailing in the opposite direction — towards Australia, where the ships were to take part in a joint exercise with the Australian Navy.
A day earlier, White House press secretary Sean Spicer also claimed the ships were headed towards the Sea of Japan, off the coast of North and South Korea, saying that “the forward deployment is deterrence, presence. It’s prudent. But it does a lot of things. It ensures our — we have the strategic capabilities, and it gives the president options in the region.”
According to The New York Times, thanks to Trump’s and Spicer’s comments the ships’ “imminent arrival had been emblazoned on front pages across East Asia, fanning fears that Mr. Trump was considering a pre-emptive military strike. It was portrayed as further evidence of the president’s muscular style days after he ordered a missile strike on Syria while he and President Xi Jinping of China were chatting over dessert during a meeting in Florida.”