December 17, 2016

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And of course it took nearly ninety minutes for the tweet to be deleted and replaced by one with proper spelling. What a long and dreary presidency this is going to be with its promises of daily embarrassments on the world stage.

Source: The Guardian

President-elect Donald Trump has risked further inflaming US relations with China, after he used Twitter on Saturday to accuse China of an “unpresidented [sic] act” in its seizing of an unmanned American submarine this week.

“China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act,” Trump said, misspelling “unprecedented”.

The tweet was later reissued with the correct spelling of “unprecedented”. The tweet containing the error was deleted.

His message – itself without precedent given his status as a president-elect commenting on an international incident before assuming power – was likely to worsen fears of increased US-China tensions under his presidency that have grown over his rhetoric on trade and policy towards Taiwan.

A U.S. Senator from Connecticut was not amused.

Twitter quickly weighed in.

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