White House wanted USS John McCain 'out of sight' during Trump trip
30 May, 2019, 09:29
"I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan", Trump tweeted on Wednesday, pouring cold water on a Wall Street Journal story published earlier that day that had claimed an email to Navy and Air Force officials had specifically requested the ship "needs to be out of sight".
In an official statement issued after McCain's death, Trump said he respects the late senator's service to the country "despite differences on policy and politics", but did not attend his memorial service and later complained that he was not thanked despite giving him "the kind of funeral that he wanted". "It makes my grief unbearable".
Currently, the ship is not on active deployment as it is being repaired following a 2017 collision with an oil tanker. The official said that the White House did not want the ship to appear in photographs and that keeping Trump from becoming upset during the trip was also a reason for the orders. "Nevertheless, @FLOTUS and I loved being with our great Military Men and Women - what a spectacular job they do!" "I like people who weren't captured".
Trump and McCain had a frosty relationship and that continued, on Trump's part, even after McCain died in August 2018 of brain cancer. McCain was shot down during the Vietnam War and tortured by his North Vietnamese captors during more than five years as a prisoner of war.
In summary, Caleb Hull tweeted, "If I have everything correct, *someone* in the WH made the request to cover up the USS John McCain, it never happened, and the picture used in the WSJ was not from when Trump was there".
The USS John S. McCain is named for the late senator and his father and grandfather, who were both Navy admirals.
In 2015, McCain, a Republican senator from Arizona, had gotten under then-candidate Trump's skin by saying he had "fired up the crazies" at a rally in Phoenix.
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