Donald Trump’s efforts to turn himself into a war president are not going particularly well.
You might remember last week that US President and bronzed, racist grifter, Donald Trump, told the world that “we are sending an armada (to the Korean Peninsula). Very powerful.”
United States Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, backed this up – saying the USS Carl Vinson was “on her way up” to send a message to North Korea regarding their missile tests.
Well…turns out, Trump’s fearsome and powerful armada never made it to the peninsula at all…the Vinson went the complete opposite direction and is now chilling off the coasts of Australia and Indonesia.
According to CNN, a “senior administration official blamed a miscommunication between the Pentagon and the White House over reports that the aircraft carrier has not made its way to the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, as an expected show of force to North Korea.”
A senior administration official blamed a “lack of follow-up” for the blunder.
The Pentagon have since confirmed the mistake and tried to clear up the situation.
“The ship is now moving north to the Western Pacific,” the Pentagon’s chief spokeswoman, Dana White, said Tuesday. “This should have been communicated more clearly at the time.”
The New York Times, who broke the story, outlined how the fiasco unfolded:
“White House officials said Tuesday that they had been relying on guidance from the Defense Department. Officials there described a glitch-ridden sequence of events, from an ill-timed announcement of the deployment by the military’s Pacific Command to a partially erroneous explanation by the defense secretary, Jim Mattis — all of which perpetuated the false narrative that a flotilla was racing toward the waters off North Korea.”
This sort of humiliating bungle seems to be in line with a White House that’s proven itself to be reliably error-prone – but a miscommunication of this magnitude is deeply worrying and unprecedented.
Trump’s macho blustering ramped up tensions with Pyongyang, who condemned the move as “nothing but a reckless action of aggression to aggravate the tensions in the region.”
Security experts around the world are concerned that such crippling dysfunction and severe lack of communication between the Navy and the White House could have devastating implications in today’s tense geopolitical climate.
Trump’s lack of knowledge about foreign affairs worried many throughout his bitter campaign battle with Hillary Clinton and just recently the President raised eyebrows when he mistakenly told Fox that he bombed Iraq instead of Syria.
His attempts to portray himself as a muscular war president are dangerous, and as we’re finding out now – they’re also patentedly untrue.