‘Unpresidented’: Trump corrects Chinese drone seizure Twitter mishap
“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 on Saturday, misspelling ‘unprecedented.’
Someone should let Trump know that when a word in your tweet is underlined in red, it doesn't mean "tremendous word choice" #unpresidented— Emily McDowell (@emilymcdowell_) December 17, 2016
Some 90 minutes later, the tweet containing the mistake was deleted and replaced with a corrected version on Trump’s account. However, scores of social media users had already spotted the mistake and took the opportunity to make fun of America’s soon-to-be commander in chief.
It took Trump and his team 87 minutes to fix the word "unpresidented." pic.twitter.com/Bz7NxSqwlo— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 17, 2016
Trump spelling actually is a serious indicator of no attention to detail or accuracy in anything he says or does.— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) December 17, 2016
Even the Merriam Webster dictionary got involved.
On Thursday, Trump made a less serious error when he spelled the word ‘wait’: “If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House waite so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?”
a coffee table book where each page is the word as donald trump tried to spell it the first time— jake (@jakebeckman) December 17, 2016
Last week, he had difficulty with the word ‘ridiculous,’ tweeting: “Reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are rediculous & untrue – FAKE NEWS!”
He corrected the tweet three hours later.
@jbarro Trump doesn't need intelligence briefings and fact checkers. He needs a spell checker!— stu stein (@thestustein) December 17, 2016
Trump sent out his latest tweet after the Chinese navy seized an unmanned US underwater drone as it was operating in international waters in the South China Sea.
Chinese state media CCTV reports that the Chinese Ministry of Defense says it will return the equipment, while noting that Chinese officials “regret” the US hype surrounding the incident.
“We should tell China that we don’t want the drone they stole back – let them keep it!” the US President-elect tweeted a few hours after the Pentagon announced that it had reached an understanding with Beijing on the return of the underwater glider.