The Trump Administration Said An Aircraft Carrier Was Headed Toward North Korea When It Was... Not

Image via AP Photo.
Image via AP Photo.
Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.


Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • So, about that “armada” that Trump said he was sending to North Korea, a statement which escalated tensions in a situation that really did not need further escalation—the aircraft carrier in question actually wasn’t heading towards the Korean peninsula, but was instead 3,500 miles away. Now it’s heading towards the Korean peninsula, though. [New York Times, The Atlantic]
  • Trump administration aides “abruptly” postponed a meeting to decide whether or not to firmly fuck the earth and take the world’s largest economy out of the Paris Climate agreement. The meeting was supposed to be held today, as reports indicated that the “stay” camp seemed more likely to win out. [The Guardian]
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May made a surprise call for an early national election this June, reportedly looking to increase her party’s hold on the country in anticipation of Brexit negotiations. The election had previously been scheduled for 2020, and this woman, at least, is not here for it. [The Washington Post]
  • Even Republicans are starting to feel weird about how much money Donald Trump is spending on his Mar-a-Lago trips. [The Hill]
  • Here’s a grim inside look at how Hillary Clinton’s concession speech came together, via Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign. [The Cut]
  • Ted Cruz continues to be an unbelievable putz. [The Hill]

Here are some tweets that the president was allowed to publish:


This has been Barf Bag.

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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On a not totally-unrelated note, the first book is now out on the inevitable impeachment of Donald Trump.

One of the most recent impeachment issues raised is the conflict of interest/emoluments violation stemming from the constant infomercial for Mar-a-Lago from Trump by not only staying there so frequently and publicly, but actually hosting foreign dignitaries there—for his own financial benefit. Just another example of why other Presidents have chosen a blind trust, instead of Trump’s scheme of ignoring ethics while hoping the voters will remain blind.