White House USS John McCain During Trump Visit To Japan – White House and lower-level US Navy officials traded emails about keeping obscured the name of the USS John McCain during President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan.
White House USS John McCain During Trump Visit To Japan:
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced that he asked his chief of staff to investigate.
Trump told reporters, “I don’t know what happened. I was not involved. I would not have done that,” But he said ,“I was not a big fan of John McCain in any shape or form,” Trump said. “Now, somebody did it because they thought I didn’t like him, okay? And they were well-meaning.”
“Secretary Shanahan was not aware of the directive to move the USS John S McCain nor was he aware of the concern precipitating the directive.”
An email from a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official to U.S. Navy and Air Force officials noted that the directive that the USS John S. McCain must not be visible was a result of conversations between the White House Military Office and the Seventh Fleet of the U.S. Navy, according to the Journal.
“We didn’t do anything to obstruct the name of the ship. The Wall Street Journal piece refers to a photo of a tarp covering the ship, that photo was taken Friday, May 24, the tarp was removed the following day,”
The ship has been undergoing repairs after a 2017 collision, and would have been difficult to move. Instead, a tarp was hung over the ship’s name ahead of Trump’s visit, the Journal reported. A barge was moved in front of the ship to obscure the name after the tarp was removed. In addition, sailors, who often wear caps with the ship’s name, were given the day off, according to the Journal.
“The name of USS John S. McCain was not obscured during the POTUS visit to Yokosuka on Memorial Day,” Brown said in a tweet. “The Navy is proud of that ship, its crew, its namesake and its heritage.”
Meghan McCain, Wednesday night, tweeted that, “Trump is a child who will always be deeply threatened by the greatness of my dads incredible life. There is a lot of criticism of how much I speak about my dad, but nine months since he passed, Trump won’t let him RIP. So I have to stand up for him.”
On Wednesday night, the Navy Chief of Information Twitter account after reactivating tweeted that “the name of USS John S. McCain was not obscured during the POTUS visit to Yokosuka on Memorial Day.”
Two sources confirm to @CNBC that this is the email showing coordinated efforts to put the USS John McCain “out of sight.”
— Amanda Macias (@amanda_m_macias) May 30, 2019
A friend, a Navy vet, emails: “I can’t imagine telling the members of a ship’s crew not to wear their ball caps or take the day off so their caps aren’t visible to the president or press. Perhaps as a sign of protest all of us should start wearing a USS John S McCain ball cap.”
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 30, 2019