>> In the coming months and years.>> Call a team Trump mix-up, miscommunication or simply cross wires, but as the US president boasted he sent an armada as a warning to North Korea last week. The USS Carl Vinson and its strike group were actually speeding in the opposite direction.
On Tuesday, the military clarified that the fleet was actually way off in the Indian Ocean over the weekend, taking part in joint exercises with Australia. As Reuters Tim Kelly reports, the Vinson will head North in the end several days from now.>> It would normally take a week from where it was near Singapore to get to the
rean Peninsula, right on the waters around that.
However, it's not yet appeared and reports seem to put it's still in the South China Sea. So, the White House's indication that it was deploying the carrier in response to North Korean threat. Some people have seen this as perhaps a bit misleading. The carriers yet not yet appeared and the latest reports put his appearance possibly some time next week.
>> Officials say a series of errors kept the false story afloat. First the Navy said the warships were headed to an unnamed location in the Western Pacific. Reuters and other media reported that would take at least a week winding up with North Korea's Day of the Sun celebrations and expectation of a possible weapons test which ended up going ahead.
As per protocol, the Navy didn't give an exact destination or that they needed to stop off near Australia first. Next defense chief James Mattis claim the exercise with the Australians had been cancelled but he'd actually confused two events, a cancelled port call and the actual scheduled exercises. While the Pentagon's since corrected the record Korea experts say they wonder whether the mix-ups could chip away at team Trump's credibility.
At a time when America's trying to bear its teeth in the face of a belligerent and unpredictable Pyongyang.>>