Apr 18, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Trump's North Korean "armada" sailed in wrong direction

U.S. Navy / Sean M. Castellano

As President Trump publicly declared last week that he was "sending an armada" to the Sea of Japan in an attempt to send a message to North Korea, the carrier group was actually sailing thousands of miles in the other direction to war game with the Australian Navy, per the NYT, which reported that the mixup was due to "a glitch-ridden sequence of events."

Reversing course: The carrier group is on its way now and will arrive near the Korean Peninsula next week.

Why it matters: Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster both reinforced POTUS' incorrect line last week, which came amid heightened tensions over an expected nuclear test. Trump is clearly trying to send Pyongyang a message, and this sort of mixup won't help the cause.

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