31 January 2013

Trump Jr. Favors Ship Over Reef

Trump Jr.
If you are a son of a famous person and had the money to back up any claims you may want to lay your hands on, does this give you right to prattle irrationally and make your illogical idea public?

Well, the namesake son of real estate magnate Donald Trump thinks so and made it known to everyone within hearing distance that he favored saving the US$ 277-million USS Guardian over saving the protected Philippine reef.

Donald Trump, Jr. posted on his Twitter account:
"This is how stupid we are! $1/4 bil+ ho hum '@DRUDGE_REPORT: Navy to scrap $277 million ship to avoid scraping reef... http://drudge.tw/XSG79T'."The U.S. government has already vowed to dismantle a warship stuck in the Philippines' Tubbataha reef, but at least one of its high-profile citizens finds the idea absurd.

He was reacting to a story published on the Washington Free Beacon about the U.S. Navy's decision to cut up the minesweeper to prevent it from further damaging the Tubbataha Reef.

Trump's statements almost immediately drew reproach from his followers, Filipinos and other netizens alike. Most of the reactions noted that the reef is an environmental treasure and is worth more than the U.S. ship which ran aground earlier this month while on its way to Palawan.

The Tubbataha Reef was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and included in a global list of Wetlands of International Importance in 1999.

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