Donald Trump is setting the stage for our next major world war. That isn’t hyperbole. That isn’t exaggeration. It is absolutely happening and the stage is being set on Twitter, no less.
On Thursday, the Chinese navy seized a drone that was being used to conduct oceanic research that was being done by civilian contractors. As governments do, the United States then demanded the drone back through a formal diplomatic complaint. President Obama didn’t Tweet. The Pentagon didn’t Tweet (as far as I can tell, the Pentagon doesn’t actually have an official Twitter account – quick someone let Trump know so he can make that a top priority).
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However, our President-elect did opt to Tweet about it with this now well-known tweet which garnered a lot of attention after he spelled “unprecedented” incorrectly the first time around, so deleted it to reissue it with the correct spelling:
China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2016
And, then hours later, after China had already agreed to give the drone back to the United States:
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
Just as most people with any good sense have said, foreign relations playing out on social media is not going to bode well for the United States. China has fired back a response to Trump’s pot-stirring tweets, voicing their displeasure in his handling of the situation.
China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement:
The Chinese navy found the device and examined it in a professional manner. . . It’s as if you saw something on the street and someone asked you for it, you’d have to examine if it really belongs to them.
And then, as reported by CBS News, the following threat was issued in an editorial for the state-run publication The Global Times:
[If Mr. Trump] treats China after assuming office in the same way as in his tweets, China will not exercise restraint.
There you have it. Many have speculated that the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States will result in another great war. As Trump cozies up with Russia, while talking shit about China on Twitter to rile up his supporters, one must ask: Are these really the unhinged actions of a hot head or are they strategically placed propaganda to churn up support for the planned war Trump wishes to wage?
Only time will tell.