Trump Slams China For Seizing Drone, Calls It ‘Unprecedented Act’

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December 17, 2016 9:38 a.m.

In a tweet posted early Saturday morning, President-elect Donald Trump ripped China for its reported seizure of a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater drone in the South China Sea.

Trump called it an “unprecedented act”—spelled “unpresidented” in the initial post saved on Politwoops, which the President-elect later deleted and reposted with the correct spelling.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said on Friday that the drone was collecting unclassified scientific data when it was taken by a Chinese ship. He said the U.S. has asked for it to be returned and has issued a formal complaint.

China issued a warning to Trump after he spoke on the phone with the president of Taiwan early in December, the first call between leaders of the two countries since 1979 and a violation of the “one China” policy, another instance which prompted Trump to fire back on Twitter.

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