President Trump just got caught in yet another lie, this time about deploying a carrier group to North Korea in response to their nuclear test.
The Trump administration announced last week that an aircraft carrier group was heading toward the Sea of Japan in order to deter North Korea from launching a series of military tests, including a possible test of its nuclear capabilities. But the Carl Vinson strike group was actually heading in the opposite direction, according to the New York Times, and is not currently anywhere near Pyongyang.
Pictures released this week of the USS Carl Vinson indicated the strike group had actually arrived in Indonesia, contrary to the assertion that it was heading toward the Korean Peninsula. The Navy released the images on April 15, showing that the group of carriers was in the Sunda Strait, more than 3,500 miles away from where the Trump administration suggested it was originally heading.
The administration had suggested that the carrier group would act as a deterrent to North Korea, in response to the nation’s indications that it was planning a ballistic missile test, and possibly a nuclear test. “When you see a carrier group steaming into an area like that, the forward presence of that is clearly, through almost every instance, a huge deterrence,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer said last Tuesday.
Defense officials maintain that the Carl Vinson strike group is still on its way to the Sea of Japan, the Times reports, and should arrive there sometime next week.
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.