Mainstream media news stories accusing the Trump administration of lying about sending a Navy strike group to patrol waters near the Korean Peninsula have reached South Korea, where a presidential candidate from that country’s former ruling party said on Wednesday that if the mission of the U.S. aircraft carrier was not true, then “South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says.”
Hong Joon-pyo, the candidate from Park Geun-hye’s party said that South Korea’s security depends on having the USS Carl Vinson near North Korea because of the message it sends to the communist dictator.
“We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful … far more powerful than the aircraft carrier,” Trump told reporters last week. “We have the best military people on Earth. And I will say this: He (Kim Jong-un) is doing the wrong thing.”
However, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday that it did not move the USS Carl Vinson toward North Korea, claiming that the ship actually went to Australia and is expected to reach the peninsula next week.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that President Trump was right. “The president said we have an armada going toward the peninsula. That’s a fact. It happened. It is happening, rather,” he said.
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