Officials say pirates hijack freighter in latest test for Trump

March 14, 2017

Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia, Somali officials and piracy experts said Tuesday, in the first hijacking of a large commercial vessel there since 2012.

The area where the hijacking occured is overseen by the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain.

It was not immediately clear what the pirates’ intentions are, but it may become one of the Trump administration’s first international tests.

The Aris 13 on Monday reported being approached by two skiffs, John Steed with the organization Oceans Beyond Piracy said. The ship had been carrying fuel from Djibouti to Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, Steed said.

24 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Larry says:

    Burn these pirates once and for all.

  • Shelly Shannon says:

    My guess…He will send in Seal Team Six. This amazing unit usually takes care of these kind of matters. They were called out in 2012 to take care of that hijack also. All hijackers were killed by their sharp shooters.

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  • bobnstuff says:

    If one chose to they could blame it on Trumps telling the world just how weak we are. The fact that we have the strongest most modern navy on earth doesn’t matter. We are being tested to see what they can get away with. I guess they don’t respect this President as much as the last one. It could be though that it’s just local fishermen agree that we protect the major ship traffic but not the local fisherman’s rights to make a living. Either way it should be interesting to see what Trump does without a strong, well staffed State Department.

    1. stluyjuy says:

      Yes, it only took Obozo THREE days to decide to let the seals whack the pirates, the seals were out there in the water for three days waiting for the jerk of a President to make up his mind…this won’t happen with President Trump.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        Watch he will not send anyone. It’s been 4 years since this last happened so what ever Obama did worked.

        1. GW says:

          I am sure Obama funneled money to them so they wouldn’t make him look bad.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            If he did Congress had to OK it.

          2. GW says:

            Seems to me he did pretty much as he pleased. As you lefties never questioned one thing he did, and anyone that did question were soon shot down as racist.

          3. bobnstuff says:

            No president can spend any tax money without congresses OK. It’s in the Constitution. He also got in trouble with the left wing a number of times. The tree huggers had a number of problems with him.

          4. GW says:

            I know what it says in the Constitution, thanks. My point is, that he and anyone in his administration didn’t care what the Constitution said. So where there’s a will, there’s a way. After all he was writing laws on his own with his pen and phone and the Constitution says he can’t do that either.

          5. bobnstuff says:

            If congress doesn’t approve it the treasury doesn’t pay it. He can move money around in a department to a limited extent. If you didn’t like Obama’s EO’s then you must hate the illegal ones of Trump.

          6. GW says:

            I understand how it’s supposed to work. Illegal EO’s of Trumps? The ones rescinding Obama’s crap? If anything was or is illegal with Trump we will all know about it. The Democrats/MSM will scream it from the rafters. Personally I don’t like EO’s at all.

          7. bobnstuff says:

            Trump doesn’t understand what he can and can’t do with a EO. He tries to make laws, he tries to change laws and he tries to change regulations with EO’s. None of these thing can be done that way.

    2. Rodney Steward says:

      Go back to your MSNBC with lick one Rachel, and stay very UNINFORMED! And why is Trumps staff not filled, it’s because of fools like you, always starting and making up pure BS!!

      1. bobnstuff says:

        Trumps is to busy playing golf to hire people. He hasn’t even put up names for key posts. I guess no one wants to work for him.

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          You’ve got your men mixed up, YO boy lived on one and still suc$ed at it,and your plantation owners won’t vote in none of them, maybe because they’re not muslim!

          1. bobnstuff says:

            Obama played golf 36 times in the last three years, Trumps at nine times in 52 days. Obama had his White House staffed before he to the day off.

          2. Rodney Steward says:

            Not heard anything about that, I figured he hasn’t had time trying to straighten out Opey’s must of things! But when you own them you can play, unlike Obama mostly getting off on polishing everybody’s putters!

          3. bobnstuff says:

            As of right now President Trump is way behind on hiring but still has time to fly down to Florida every week end to play golf. He will top all of Obama’s travel cost for eight years in only nine months and on top of it he is renting out rooms to the government for his secret service people. If we have a major problem we are in big trouble. If his idea is to cut the size of government this isn’t how you do it. We have a lot of underlings doing jobs that should be done by Trumps hand pick staff. We are now down on federal prosecutors by 46 people. Every department is short handed. Do you really think this is how you untangle things. It looks more like someone that’s in over their head.

          4. Rodney Steward says:

            If I recall, days after Obama went in he canned 96 federal judges, they all do it! Been talk of your party splitting, some say the Warren bunch is way to much and losing a lot of voters! I know a few Dems. that voted for Trump and HATED Hellary!

          5. bobnstuff says:

            I don’t care who Trump fires. What I do care about is having a government in place and working. Our Secretary of State is going over seas without a under Secretary for the Far East. The world is a large and complicated place and we need a staff that can deal with it. Trump needs to get on the ball before it’s to late.

          6. Rodney Steward says:

            I think we’ll be alright, he’s only been in almost 4 months!!

          7. bobnstuff says:

            They can’t really block anyone. They can slow things a little but that’s it. Trump needs to get some names in the pipeline. The world won’t wait for him to get his act together.

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