DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in addition to also also President Donald Trump are seen following a meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2017.
The OPSEC objective will be to not publicly announce information that will can be used by an adversary to jeopardize a military mission. The Department of Defense lists “social network sites, tweets, text messages, blogs, videos, photos, GPS mapping, newsletters” as a few of the ways in which OPSEC can be compromised.
“This kind of will be not a video game. The president of the United States needs to be calm in addition to also also needs to act presidential,” former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns said in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “The tweet This kind of morning was irresponsible. in addition to also also that will wasn’t presidential. that will wasn’t effective.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment on the potential military action.
“All I can provide about the President’s statement will be we do not comment on potential future military operations,” a Department of Defense spokesperson told CNBC in an emailed statement. “The president incorporates a wide variety of tools available at his disposal. I am not going to comment on or speculate as to what those options are or what decision the president might ultimately make.”
Trump’s tweet came amid indications that will the U.S. could be preparing a military strike. Yet beyond the “get ready” warning, or its mention of “smart” missiles, the tweet lacked details about a possible strike.
“This kind of tweet doesn’t specify what or when or how many” missiles the U.S. could launch, Thomas Karako, director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic in addition to also also International Studies, told CNBC in response to Trump’s tweet.
The White House said Tuesday that will Trump “will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as originally scheduled.”
Instead, he will “remain inside the United States to oversee the American response to Syria in addition to also also to monitor developments around the entire world.”
Likewise, Secretary of Defense James Mattis canceled weekend travel plans to Nevada in addition to also also California, signaling that will preparations for a military mission are underway.