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‘Unpresidented’ Trump tweet on China sets off deluge of mockery

/ 01:01 PM December 18, 2016
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 9, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump as he arrives at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York.  President-elect Donald Trump doubled down on December 12, 2016 in dismissing CIA intelligence that Russia interfered in the US election, even as leading senators from both camps demanded a broad probe on the apparent national security threat. Trump repeated his rejection of Central Intelligence Agency conclusions, reported in US media over the weekend, that Moscow had sought to bolster the Republican's White House campaign with the release of hacked Democratic party documents."Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!" Trump said in a tweet.  / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

This file photo taken on November 9, 2016, shows US President-elect Donald Trump as he arrives at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York. AFP

WASHINGTON — US President-elect Donald Trump got plenty of attention — but not the kind he was looking for — after a tweet Saturday calling out China for its seizure of an unmanned US naval probe.

“China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters — rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented (sic) act,” the real estate magnate wrote on his favorite platform.

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“Unpresidented” quickly became a top trending topic on Twitter in the United States, as online wags savaged the incoming president for the unfortunate misspelling.

“TrumpSpellCheck — Unpresidentedly effective,” tweeted “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling.

“TrumpSpellCheck — Unpresidentedly effective,” tweeted “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling.

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“Dear world, most Americans really wish we could be #unpresidented,” another user wrote.

Even dictionary Merriam-Webster weighed in.

“The #WordOfTheDay is… not ‘unpresidented’. We don’t enter that word. That’s a new one,” it tweeted.

Trump deleted his tweet after about an hour, replacing it with one correctly using the word “unprecedented.”

While many mocked the deeply divisive political novice, famous for his verbal tics and gaffes, supporters jumped to his defense and said critics were piling on about a typo while ignoring the bigger problem.

“The #WordOfTheDay is… not ‘unpresidented’. We don’t enter that word. That’s a new one,” it tweeted.

Trump was referring to China’s seizure on Thursday of an unmanned US naval probe in international waters of the South China Sea, a serious provocation amid rising tensions between the two superpowers.

Trump has repeatedly infuriated Beijing in recent weeks, questioning longstanding US policy on Taiwan, calling Beijing a currency manipulator and threatening to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese imports.

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Both Beijing and Washington confirmed Saturday that the probe would be returned, without providing details of the handover.

But China’s Ministry of Defense also slammed alleged American “hyping” of the incident as “inappropriate and unhelpful.”

On Friday, the Pentagon had called on Beijing to “immediately” return the probe that it had “unlawfully seized.”

The incident comes amid broader tensions in the South China Sea, where China has moved to fortify its claims by building out tiny reefs and islets into much larger artificial islands.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam have competing claims in the waterway laced with some of the world’s most heavily traveled international trade routes. CBB/rga

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