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White House defends claim carrier group was headed to Korea

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(NBC News) The White House is facing questions about a naval strike group said to be headed toward North Korea last week.

It's been revealed they were actually headed away from the area.

Last week the Pentagon announced the Carl Vinson strike group was heading toward the Korean peninsula amidst tension over an anticipated nuclear test.

"We are sending an armada, very powerful," President Trump said during a Fox Business News appearance.

The strike group was actually going in the opposite direction, toward Australia.

"It makes it look as though the United States did not have intent, it did not follow though, it did not have determination," says Admiral James Stavridis, NBC's Chief International Security Analyst. 

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied that the public was mislead.

"It happened. It's happening, rather," Spicer said during Wednesday's press briefing.

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/2oWiLbR

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