Cheeky tweet from US spy agency takes dig at China
A TARMAC tiff between US and Chinese officials as President Barack Obama arrived in the city of Hangzhou prompted the posting – and prompt deleting – of an uncharacteristically sarcastic tweet by a US spy agency.
“Classy as always China,” read the Defence Intelligence Agency tweet, which linked to a New York Times article about the incident.
The post was quickly deleted but not before The Wall Street Journal the snark.
The agency later tweeted its apology: “A tweet regarding a news article was mistakenly posted from this account & does not represent the views of the DIA. We apologise.”
The tarmac kerfuffle included a shouting match that broke out as White House staffers tried to help American reporters position themselves to film Mr Obama’s arrival in noticed the Chinese city for the G20 summit.
“This is our country!” a Chinese official shouted at a White House staffer. “This is our airport!”
The outburst was an awkward prelude to talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mr Obama.
Mr Obama took the fracas in stride, saying that although the US does not “leave our ideals behind”, the travelling White House juggernaut could be intimidating. –