Trump campaign takes credit for returned China drone, but Donald Trump says “keep it”

In what may have been the most chaotic and humiliating day yet for Donald Trump and his transition team, Trump and his Communications Director spent the day publicly contradicting themselves over China, even as Trump publicly contradicted himself – while the Obama administration proceeded to clean up the mess. The bizarre series of tweets from the two men resulted in at least one tweet being deleted, and resulted in a chorus of jokes and jeers from onlookers on all sides.

The comedy of errors began when Donald Trump posted a tweet at 7:30am on Saturday morning, in which he blasted China for having seized a U.S. Navy drone in retaliation for Trump’s phone call to Taiwan. Trump’s tweet included the imaginary word “unpresidented” and set of a series of punchlines directed at him by Twitter onlookers. It took someone in the Trump campaign and hour and a half to catch the mistake, before deleting Trump’s tweet and replacing it with an identical version with “unpresidented” changed to “unprecedented.” But then came Trump Communications Director Jason Miller’s turn to misfire.

Miller tweeted “Donald Trump gets it done: “China says it will return US drone it seized” roughly three hours later, attempting to create the appearance that Trump’s misspelled tantrum tweet somehow caused China to relent. This was in contrast with the real story, which came from USA Today and others, documenting that the Obama administration’s Pentagon had negotiated the return of the drone instead.

But then came Donald Trump’s turn to make both himself and Miller look foolish. After learning that the Obama administration had secured the return of the drone, and apparently unaware that his own Communications Director had tried to give him credit for it, Trump threw a fit and declared “We should tell China that we don’t want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!” This tweet brought even more public scorn in the Twitter replies. If you enjoy Daily News Bin, consider making a contribution:

Bill Palmer
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