Controversy in United States over Wrong Info on Aircraft Carriers Whereabouts
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 1:54
White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended a mix-up involving an aircraft carrier that members of the Trump administration said had been ordered to sail toward the Korean Peninsula amid threats from North Korea. The Times reports defense officials "described a glitch-ridden sequence of events" that led to the reports.
But on Saturday, a full week after the initial news release, the Navy posted a photograph showing the Carl Vinson traveling south through the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java - about 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula. Navy officials announced April 9 that the Vinson was canceling planned port calls in Australia to return to the Western Pacific, ahead of what some believed might be a North Korean nuclear missile test in honor of the rogue nation's April 15 "Day of the Sun" national holiday.
As North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un led a huge show of military strength - parading the country's new submarine-based ballistic missiles and carrying out a failed missile test - the flotilla of U.S. warships was about 3,500 miles away.
"I think when you see a carrier group steaming into an area like that, the forward presence of that is clearly, through nearly every instance, a huge deterrence".
The Trump White House either lied about the aircraft carrier, or were lied to, and didn't care enough to check on the truth.
The ship is part of what President Trump said last week was an "armada" being deployed off North Korea amid tensions over its nuclear plans.
The strike group has been conducting drills with the Australian navy in recent days, the official said.
The White House is blaming the Defense Department for the mistake.
Some news organizations cited the armada's apparent race northward as a sign of a possible pre-emptive attack on North Korea, spurring global concerns of a possible war.
"We said that it was heading there, and it was heading there - it is heading there". An American official told Reuters at the time that the ships' move toward the Korean Peninsula was a show of force directed at the regime of Kim Jong Un.
President Trump made it sound as if the carrier strike group was moving immediately to the Korean Peninsula in an interview last week following increased tensions with North Korea.
Aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is now in the Indian Ocean whereas Washington had said it was on its way to the Korean peninsula. It was moving away from North Korea when US officials said it was moving toward the peninsula, the Times confirmed on Tuesday.