U.S.-China drone skirmish was over before Trump tweeted about it & he should have known that

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U.S.-China drone skirmish was over before Trump tweeted about it & he should have known that

Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:41 pm

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump launched his Twitter campaign against China’s seizure of a U.S. Navy research submersible last week to great fanfare ― and, as it turns out, hours after the crisis had already been defused.

It’s unclear whether the president-elect or his aides knew that fact ― it would have been included in the intelligence briefing available to him each morning ― before he sent out his misspelled missive of outrage at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

“China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters ― rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act,” Trump wrote. He deleted that version and replaced it with “unprecedented” spelled correctly at 8:57 a.m.

But even his first version came four hours after U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus was informed that the Chinese navy had agreed to return the “underwater unmanned vehicle.”

That information would have been known to Trump had he taken the “Presidential Daily Brief” prior to posting his first tweet. Whether he did that Saturday, or whether he or his staff even bothered to check with the State Department or the Pentagon about the status of the matter before weighing in, is unknown. Officials in Trump’s transition office did not respond to queries from The Huffington Post.

Trump has said that he finds the brief repetitive and that he does not need a daily briefing because he is smart. His staff has said Trump is receiving the briefing about three times a week.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-drone-china_us_58594304e4b08debb78b0542


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Re: U.S.-China drone skirmish was over before Trump tweeted about it & he should have known that

Post by Guest on Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:34 pm

But of course he didn't because he won't go to intelligence briefings, just shows how stupid that is!

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