Donald Trump isn’t even president yet and he’s already making a mess. Luckily President Obama is still here to clean up Trump’s messes.
After an American unmanned underwater vehicle was found in China, Donald Trump wanted to put in his two cents about the situation. Instead of making things better he decide to issue a series of typo-ridden tweets, making the minor incident blow into an international confrontation. But, there went Obama to save the day, and set an example on how things are done.
The President handled the the international affair using diplomacy rather than Trump’s macho-man approach. Sources from the Pentagon just announced that China has agreed to return the vehicle. The New York Times reports:
“Through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the U.U.V. to the United States,” said Peter Cook, the Pentagon press secretary, using initials to refer to the Navy’s unmanned underwater vehicle.
Mr. Cook said the deal had been reached after the United States “registered our objection to China’s unlawful seizure of a U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle operating in international waters in the South China Sea.”
The Chinese authorities told American officials that they planned to return the drone, but the two sides were still working out where, when and precisely how the device would be handed back, said two Defense Department officials, both of whom would talk about the negotiations with China only on the condition of anonymity. One of the officials said the Pentagon expected the matter to be resolved in the coming days without further acrimony.
Donald Trump pulling these kind of stunts during the final days of the Obama Administration is worrisome. It is terrifying to think that the next four years will be like this.
Trump can learn a lot from what Obama has shown the last four years. He definitely just gave Trump a valuable lesson in diplomacy.