Trump boasted he had sent a fleet of navy vessels, led by nuclear aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson, to warn the Hermit Kingdom against testing any more weapons. "The US is coordinating with the South Korean government about a combined drill which the Carl Vinson Strike Group can join", a South Korean official said. "It ensures our - we have the strategic capabilities, and it gives the president options in the region", Spicer said.
Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters Wednesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that the aircraft carrier's schedule was changed.
News organizations around the world, including NPR, covered the statements by Trump and other officials in Washington about the Carl Vinson's deployment as though the ships were bearing down on North Korea.
The aircraft carrier is now expected to arrive in waters east of South Korea on April 25th, later than what defense officials had previously indicated. News reports said Japan was planning to deploy its own destroyers to form up with the Carl Vinson and its USA escorts, the destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and Michael Murphy and the cruiser USS Lake Champlain.
The photo was taken on Saturday, days after Trump spokesman Sean Spicer touted the ships' mission in the Sea of Japan.
Based on the U.S. Navy's own photos, the USS Carl Vinson strike group was in the South China Sea from April 8 to the 14 - still far from the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. military says an aircraft carrier participated in curtailed training with Australia before starting its journey north toward the Korean Peninsula. He also said that a US Pacific Command statement talked only about the ships' "ultimate destination".
It is now - really - steaming northward and is expected to arrive in the Sea of Japan next week, USA officials said.
Many soldiers are used as a labor force to compensate for the ineffective North Korean economy, so the army is not only about military organization.
Democrats are warning that President Donald Trump has a credibility problem as his administration grapples with the prospect of a new North Korean nuclear test.
Actually, a fleet of U.S. warships - an aircraft carrier accompanied by two destroyers and a cruiser - had been deployed, but in the opposite direction from the Korean peninsula.
But some questioned why the timeline was not corrected earlier given the tensions involving nuclear-armed North Korea. "U.S.A.", he wrote. Citing missile tests, he then said North Korea remained "the number one threat in the region".
US media outlets have attributed the muddle to miscommunications between the White House and the Pentagon, which failed to brief the White House accurately.