Russia and China falsely claimed they were chasing the USS Carl Vinson to North Korea

Nearly two weeks after the Donald Trump administration claimed it had dispatched the USS Carl Vinson to North Korea in response to Kim Jong-Un’s aggression, we now know that the Carl Vinson was never anywhere near the Korean Peninsula. After the media exposed that the ship had instead been thousands of miles away, the Trump administration is struggling to explain why it made the false claim. But it also raises the question of why Russia and China falsely claimed they were chasing the ship to North Korea.

On April 18th, the Washington Post (link) and New York Times (link) both managed to sleuth out that the USS Carl Vinson had been in an entirely different ocean than the Donald Trump administration had claimed. That’s left the administration struggling to decide whether it wants to claim that it somehow lost a U.S. warship for a week, or admit that it purposely lied about the ship’s location.

But back on April 16th, just two days before the gig was up, the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper ran a wire story from The Japan News which reported that Russia and China had dispatched their own ships to chase the USS Carl Vinson to the Korean Peninsula (link). The National Post, a major Canadian newspaper, also ran a similar wire story and credited it to The Japan News as well (link). The Japan News is a major English-language Japanese newspaper, and it must have believed the story was true when it published it. But now that we know the USS Carl Vinson was actually thousands of miles away, how is this possible?

Several members of the Trump administration began publicly making the claim back on April 8th that the Carl Vinson was en route to the Korean Peninsula. Is it possible that eight days later, Russia and China still hadn’t used satellites and tracking technology to figure out the ruse, and were mistakenly chasing a ship that wasn’t there? Is it possible that the Trump administration convinced Russia and China to play along and falsely announce they were chasing the ship? Neither explanation makes much sense, but one of the two must be true. This means Trump has even more to answer for. Contribute to Palmer Report

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  1. BT on April 20, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Or, the most obvious answer, which is that some of Trump’s cabinet and advisors realize that he’s batshit crazy and when he told them to dispatch an armada to North Korea, they just pretended to do it instead of actually doing it? And Russia and China went along with it in order to save the world? That makes the most sense to me.

  2. Warren on April 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Impossible to know why Russia and China played along with this charade but they clearly did. Both China and Russia NO DOUBT have an intelligence department that tracks the whereabouts of every aircraft carrier floating on the water. I mean, it’s not really that tough once you know where it is. You just follow it. So, who knows.

  3. George Apple Jr on April 21, 2017 at 9:10 am

    do these people of “power” really believe that they can get away with telling these “fantastic” lies to the American Public and not be punished for it when they are found guilty by their “peers”?????????
    ‘NOBODY IS ABOVE the LAW’ [that is what Donald Trump touted during his campaign for president last year,,, so why aren’t the people up in arms over all these lies he keeps spouting????????
    ‘fess up mr. president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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