Donald Trump sent a tweet with the word "unprecedented" incorrectly spelled "unpresidented."
At 4:30 in the morning on 17 December 2016, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to call China’s seizure of a United States drone an “unprecedented” act. Trump, however (or someone posting on his behalf), made an unfortunate typo and instead called the incident “unpresidented“:
China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2016
While many Twitter users shared captured screenshots of the “unpresidented” tweet, other viewers were skeptical that it was real. After all, several fake Trump tweets had previously been created and spread as genuine.
In this instance, however, the viral tweet was real.
Trump’s “unpresidented” tweet was retweeted by thousands of people before it was deleted. While the URL currently leads to a page that reads “Sorry, that page does not exist!,” a cached version of the message is still available via Google. The tweet was also archived via archive.is:
A Word to Our Loyal Readers
Support Snopes and make a difference for readers everywhere.
- David Mikkelson
- Doreen Marchionni
- David Emery
- Bond Huberman
- Jordan Liles
- Alex Kasprak
- Dan Evon
- Dan MacGuill
- Bethania Palma
- Liz Donaldson
- Vinny Green
- Ryan Miller
- Chris Reilly
- Chad Ort
Most Snopes assignments begin when readers ask us, “Is this true?” Those tips launch our fact-checkers on sprints across a vast range of political, scientific, legal, historical, and visual information. We investigate as thoroughly and quickly as possible and relay what we learn. Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.
We do this work every day at no cost to you, but it is far from free to produce, and we cannot afford to slow down. To ensure Snopes endures — and grows to serve more readers — we need a different kind of tip: We need your financial support.
Support Snopes so we continue to pursue the facts — for you and anyone searching for answers.