I just had a vision of China dropping a small nuke on the Royal Trump Inaugural Parade. I see the Secret Service rushing a Loyal servant to an underground bunker. He(or she?) is holding a large briefcase containing President Trump’s tax returns, a tiny Bible, and, a red cellphone that rings Putin, who swears the Heir Apparent in.
Why isn’t Melania in the chariot with Emperor Donald? This is going to be way better than ‘The Game of Thrones’. The Royal Cold War has commenced – with a fashionable flare! We are glued to our cellphones and T.V’s ,we all in a tizzy as we watch the Trials and Tribulations of the American Emperor and his beloved family. Is China amused?
China Seizes U.S. Underwater Drone From International Waters, Pentagon Says
A Navy file photo shows T-AGS 60 Class Oceanographic Survey Ship, USNS Bowditch. The Navy says the ship’s mission includes oceanographic sampling and data collection and the handling, monitoring and servicing of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), among other things. U.S. Navy
A unmanned underwater vehicle deployed by a U.S. Navy ship in international waters has been seized by China, according to Pentagon officials.
The seizure of the underwater vehicle took place Thursday, about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay in the Philippines, NPR’s Tom Bowman reports.
The situation is unusual: U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said there was no precedent that anyone could remember, Tom reports.
Hillary Clinton said Thursday the hacking attacks carried out by Russia against her campaign and the Democratic National Committee were intended “to undermine our democracy” and were ordered by Vladimir V. Putin “because he has a personal beef against me.”
Speaking to a group of donors in Manhattan, Mrs. Clinton said that Mr. Putin, the Russian president, had never forgiven her for the accusation she made in 2011, when she was secretary of state, that his country’s 2011 parliamentary elections were rigged.
“Putin publicly blamed me for the outpouring of outrage by his own people, and that is the direct line between what he said back then and what he did in this election,” Mrs. Clinton said.
The Pentagon says that the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, had two “gliders” — unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) — in the water. The undersea drones measure things like salinity and temperature, Tom says.
The Bowditch was retrieving one vehicle when a Chinese warship pulled up, put a small boat in the water and retrieved the second UUV, officials say.
The Chinese ship would not respond to any U.S. radio inquiries about its actions, except to acknowledge that they received them, the Pentagon says. No shots were fired by either vehicle, and the Chinese ship left with a final message that it was returning to normal operations — and with the drone.
The U.S. has issued a demarche — a formal diplomatic protest — and demanded the drone’s return, Reuters reports.
The incident occurred in the long-disputed waters of the South China Sea, where several countries make various overlapping territorial claims. China has been the most aggressive in claiming the strategically and economically significant waters as its own.