Even by just tweeting a statement in response to a grave act, President-elect Donald Trump gets things done. After he tweeted his reaction to China's seizure of a U.S. underwater drone in the international waters in South China Sea, China has said it would return the surveillance vehicle.
After news of the incident broke out following Pentagon's announcement, Trump took to Twitter to factually report the incident before adding the description that what China did was " an unprecedented act." His transition team took credit for China's declaration that it would return the drone, with Trump's communications director and spokesperson Jason Miller suggesting also in a tweet that Trump was responsible for China's move. Miller said that Trump " gets things done."
Pentagon, however, reacted and said that China's decision to return the American surveillance ship was the result of direct engagement between the United States and China. Pentagon's Press Secretary Peter Cook said that the U.S. has registered its objection to China's unlawful seizure of a U.S. unmanned, underwater vehicle operating in the international waters in the South China Sea.
Trump is not done with China, though. The incoming President tweeted another reaction that can be open to various interpretations- could be sarcasm, or further veiled or not so veiled challenge to the Asian power, or as proof for future potential action, the possibilities are many. Trump tweeted: " We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back- let them keep it!".
Trump has always maintained that he prefers a more hardline approach to China. There have been increased tension between the 45th American President and China as a result of China's negative response to Trump taking a call from Taiwan's leader.
From trade deals to foreign policy to the South China Sea, who's afraid of China? Looks like it is certainly not Trump.