President-elect Donald Trump conveyed his discontent after Beijing captured a US submarine Drone probe in the South China Sea, and did so through a tweet that grabbed attention in social media networks on Saturday.
“China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act,” Trump wrote early, wanting to evoke an unprecedented act.
In the English version, the word used, “unpresidented” (instead of “unprecedented”) quickly became the dominant theme of Twitter in the United States.
The millionaire populist corrected his mistake by deleting the tweet and resending a new one, this time without errors, an hour after his initial message.
The British writer J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series, had fun with this message, highlighting Trump’s “non-presidential efficiency.”
The real estate mogul had already made another small spelling mistake in an earlier tweet on Thursday, a message he corrected shortly afterwards.
Those who support him defended him by saying that instead of making fun of his little mistakes, people would do better to become interested in the real problems that the president-elect’s messages demonstrate.
Beyond this mistake, Donald Trump wanted to underscore his displeasure with China after a Chinese vessel captured a US Navy submarine drone on Thursday night about 50 nautical miles off the coast of the Philippines, according to the Pentagon.
Chinese diplomats said Saturday morning that “China and the United States are handling this incident in an appropriate manner”, mainly using “military channels”.
Thursday’s incident came amid tension between China and the future US president, who will take office on January 20.
The Republican millionaire has stepped up claims against Beijing, threatening to end recognition of the “One China” policy with new ties and talks with Taiwan which is considered a rebel province by Beijing. Trump went as far as to accuse China of manipulating its exchange rate.
A few hours after his first tweet, Trump returned to this social network to write:
We should tell China that we don’t want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2016
— Conspiracy Talk (@WickChris) December 18, 2016