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Vinson carrier heading to Korean peninsula 'happened, rather it's happening": Spicer

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 01:20

When asked to clarify President Trump's statements last week about sending an ''armada'' as a warning to North Korea even though the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was heading in the opposite direction, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said, ''the President said that we have an armada going towards the peninsula, that is a fact, it happened, it is happening rather. '' Rough Cut (no reporter narration.

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) When asked to clarify President Trump's statements last week about sending an "armada" as a warning to North Korea even though the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was heading in the opposite direction, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said, "the President said that we have an armada going towards the peninsula, that is a fact, it happened, it is happening rather. " It was even farther away over the weekend, moving through the Sunda Strait and then into the Indian Ocean, as North Korea displayed what appeared to be new missiles at a parade and staged a failed missile test. The U.S. military's Pacific Command explained on Tuesday that the strike group first had to complete a shorter-than-initially planned period of training with Australia. But it was now "proceeding to the Western Pacific as ordered," it said. The perceived communications mix-up has raised eyebrows among Korea experts, who wonder whether it erodes the Trump administration's credibility at a time when U.S. rhetoric about the North's advancing nuclear and missile capabilities are raising concerns about a potential conflict.

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Vinson carrier heading to Korean peninsula 'happened, rather it's happening": Spicer

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 01:20