President Trump was not given a classified intelligence briefing recently aboard a small, flat-bottomed boat, contrary to what a certain reporter thought he heard Tuesday.
Rather, the commander in chief was briefed about a week ago from inside a "Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" (SCIF) at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
The president was updated on North Korea's recent missile launch, Spicer added Tuesday in an explanation to the White House press corps.
But when Spicer used the acronym "SCIF" to refer to "Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility," one reporter thought the White House spokesman meant "skiff." Oops.
The reporter deleted his original tweet, and he later admitted the error.
I've avoided using the reporter's name, and I've redacted his Twitter handle from the above because I don't want to make his embarrassment worse than it already is. He made a boneheaded mistake, he admitted to it and he tried to correct the record.
The point of this article isn't to dogpile the guy. He covers a very specific beat, and it has nothing to do with national security. The point of this article is to amplify his correction. So if you see or read something alleging Trump was given a classified briefing aboard a "skiff," you now know that's not true.
Go forth and spread the word.
This article has been updated to correct an inaccurate definition of the acronym "SCIF."