Watch Spicer Twist Himself Into a Pretzel Trying To Explain Trump’s “Armada” Gaffe
President Trump, during an interview with Fox Business Channel’s Maria Bartiromo on April 12, in, made clear that North Korea’s ongoing testing of missiles would not go without a response from the US.
“We are sending an armada. Very very powerful,” Trump told Bartiromo. “We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That, I can tell you.”
Fast-forward to a report Tuesday in the New York Times headlined: “Aircraft Carrier Wasn’t Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested.” What the Times reported is that the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier that the Trump said was steaming toward North Korea was actually conducting exercises off the coast of Australia, a U.S. defense official revealed Tuesday.
Trump’s irresponsible and reckless statement risked an all-out nuclear war with North Korea.
The communications mix-up, according to the Times, was the result of “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.”
Except not at all, if you take White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s word for it. “We have an armada going toward the peninsula. That’s a fact,” Spicer told a skeptical press corps during his daily briefing on Wednesday.
Take a look at Spicer’s confusing clarification of Trump’s blunder in the video below:
This makes no sense.