One reporter mistook the acronym "SCIF," for the word "skiff." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Trump was not given a classified intelligence briefing aboard a small, flat-bottomed boat recently, contrary to what a certain reporter thought he heard Tuesday.

Rather, the commander in chief was briefed inside a “Secure Compartmentalized Information Facility” about North Korea’s recent missile launch, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

In explaining the recent national security briefing, which Trump received at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Spicer used the acronym “SCIF.”

But when he said “SCIF,” one reporter thought the White House spokesman meant “skiff.”


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 single the guy out. He covers a very specific beat, and it has nothing to do with national security. 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. The point 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.

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