The White Home took steps to have the identify of the warship USS John McCain obscured throughout a go to to Japan by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has by no means hidden his contempt for the late senator, stories mentioned Wednesday.
The Navy, nonetheless, tweeted that the ship’s identify wasn’t hidden throughout Trump’s go to to Yokosuka Naval Base, which is positioned simply south of Yokohama.
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The Wall Road Journal reported on an electronic mail U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official despatched to U.S. Navy and Air Power officers following discussions with the White Home Navy Workplace and the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet.
That electronic mail, outlining plans for the president’s go to, included the next directive: “USS John McCain must be out of sight.”
An nameless U.S. official instructed the Journal that Appearing Protection Secretary Pat Shanahan knew there was concern about the usJohn McCain.
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The performing secretary took steps to verify there was no battle when the president visited the bottom, the official mentioned.
A separate official talking with the Journal mentioned the U.S. navy had mentioned the right way to cope with the warship throughout Trump’s go to.
Images seen by the newspaper reportedly confirmed a tarp being positioned over the usJohn McCain’s identify; sailors who put on caps displaying the ship’s identify reportedly had the break day.
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The Washington Put up quoted a senior Navy official confirming his information that somebody from the White Home had despatched a message asking that the usJohn McCain be excluded from any photos when Trump visited.
Photos subsequently captured the warship with a tarp masking its identify, the official instructed the newspaper.
The Put up went on to say that Navy officers instructed personnel to cease doing this once they found out what was occurring.
Trump tweeted that he was “not knowledgeable about something having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain throughout my current go to to Japan.”
The Navy, in the meantime, tweeted that the “identify of USS John S. McCain was not obscured through the POTUS go to to Yokosuka on Memorial Day.
“The Navy is pleased with that ship, its crew, its namesake and its heritage.”
The report upset Meghan McCain, the late senator’s daughter, who tweeted, “Trump is a baby who will all the time be deeply threatened by the greatness of my dad’s unbelievable life.
“There may be numerous criticism of how a lot I talk about my dad, however 9 months since he handed, Trump gained’t let him RIP. So I’ve to face up for him.”
Trump and McCain had an adversarial relationship going again not less than to the 2016 presidential marketing campaign, when the eventual Republican nominee belittled the Arizona senator’s navy document, saying he’s “not a struggle hero” after he was tortured as a prisoner for over 5 years through the Vietnam Struggle.
Their relationship deteriorated additional in 2017, when McCain voted down the repeal of a well being care legislation, a key merchandise on Trump’s legislative agenda.
He died of mind most cancers in 2018.
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McCain’s demise has not stopped Trump from criticizing him, nonetheless.
The president complained in March that he was by no means thanked for McCain’s funeral in Washington.
“I gave him the type of funeral that he wished,” Trump mentioned in Lima, Ohio.
“I didn’t get (a) thanks however that’s OK.”
— With information from The Related Press
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