You know the drill: first we look at what someone said way back when, and then we compare it to what they are saying now:
First the Then:
Why did @BarackObama let Iran keep our drone? Now it is going straight to the Chinese. He should have taken it out.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2011
…and now the Now:
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
From the WaPo:
“The Chinese government said Saturday it will return a U.S. naval drone seized last week in the South China Sea, a step toward defusing maritime tensions between the two Pacific powers. President-elect Donald Trump reacted to the news by telling them he doesn’t want it back. ‘We should tell China that we don’t want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!’ he tweeted Saturday evening. The comment could prolong one of the most serious incidents between the U.S. and Chinese militaries in recent memory, potentially complicating ties ahead of Trump’s inauguration.”
And now from the transcripts of This Week with a Greek Dwarf (Martha Raddatz sitting in the big, er, little chair):
MARTHA RADDATZ: “I want to just very quickly, if we can, on the drone that the Chinese took, and they’re apparently now returning. A day after Donald Trump tweeted his displeasure, Jason Miller from the Trump team tweeting, ‘Donald Trump gets it done. China says it will return U.S. drone it seized.’ And they say they return the drone … and then Donald Trump tweets, ‘Keep the drone.’ What’s going on there?”
WOOLSEY: “I don’t know. I can’t keep up with the tweets. I don’t do the social media myself, so who knows.”
RADDATZ: “OK, better start reading those Donald Trump tweets, then.”
He’s not yet sworn in and he’s already creating international incidents, AND our military doesn’t know what to do. Not that I know any better, but if I may suggest: our Intelligence Operations need to keep track of Hair Führer as if he were a domestic enemy and start a file.
We are so eff’ed in the dark.