Trump denies ordering military to move USS John McCain ‘out of sight’
“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.”
The story claimed that a tarpaulin had been put in place to hide the McCain’s name and that sailors assigned to the vessel had removed coverings printed with the name, even taking the day off so as not to offend the president with their caps, which also bore the dreaded name, when he visited the USS Wasp, berthed nearby.Also on rt.com #Resistance in meltdown after Navy airmen seen wearing ‘MAGA’- themed patches
A Navy spokesman confirmed Trump’s version of events, stating that “all ships remained in normal configuration during the president’s visit.” Neither Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan nor a Pentagon spokesman had heard anything about the order.
But truth in this case came too late for the inevitable burst of Twitter-outrage, led by the late senator’s daughter Meghan McCain, a strident Trump critic. Calling the president a “child” and “deeply threatened by the greatness of my dad’s incredible life,” she complained the story made her grief “unbearable.”
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