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Vice President Mike Pence said that he does not believe the Defense Department intentionally misled the public about the whereabouts of a strike group in the Pacific Ocean. Contrary to the claims of many military and White House officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis and the U…
Vice President Mike Pence said that he does not believe the Defense Department intentionally misled the public about the whereabouts of a strike group in the Pacific Ocean.
Contrary to the claims of many military and White House officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis and the U. S. Pacific Command, the USS Carl Vinson and its strike group were no closer to the Korean Peninsula on April 15 than they were a week earlier. On April 8, the Pacific Command announced the Carl Vinson Strike Group had been directed “to sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean.”
“The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, ” a spokesman for the command said.
“Were these misleading comments deliberate?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked Pence in an interview aired Wednesday.
“Oh, I think not, ” Pence replied.”Look, we’ ve got an extraordinary commitment of U. S. Forces in this region. And the Carl Vinson and that battle group are being deployed to the sea of Japan and will likely arrive here in the coming weeks.

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