Donald Trump on USS McCain flap: 'Well-meaning' but shouldn't have been done
May 31 2019
A United States official said on Wednesday that the White House sent an email to the Navy with the request on May 15. One of the Navy officials further clarified Thursday morning that the discussion included obscuring the ship or moving it, which was not practical because the ship was under repairs at the time.
The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision, in Singapore waters August 21, 2017. "And, they were well-meaning", Trump said.
"I had journalists emailing me all Memorial Day about this, asking me - just sort of giving me a heads up that this was happening - so the idea that people didn't know is ridiculous. I would never have done that", he added. Navy officials acknowledge the barge was moved but said it was not moved to obscure the name of the ship.
Trump tweeted Thursday that he was not informed about the controversy surrounding the USS John S. McCain during his visit to Japan.
"Trump is a child who will always be deeply threatened by the greatness of my dad's incredible life", wrote McCain, daughter of the late senator.
"We didn't do anything to obstruct the name of the ship".
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to Reuters that an initial request had been made to keep the John McCainout of sight during Trump's speech but was scrapped by senior Navy officials. "When senior Navy officials grasped what was happening, they directed Navy personnel who were present to stop", a senior Navy official told the Post. Trump said he was not involved in the matter. The tarpaulin was removed before Trump arrived, but a barge was moved closer to the ship, blocking the view of its name.
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official replied, "First I heard of it as well", and said he would work with the White House Military Office to find out more about the order, the WSJ reported.
The tweet - its first in five years - added that "the Navy is proud of that ship, its crew, its namesake and its heritage". John McCain of Arizona that was stationed near the site of his recent speech in Japan.
"I never authorized, I never approved any action around the movement or activity regarding that ship". The bitterness between the two men continued after the election, with McCain often being a thorn in the Administration's side on foreign policy and other issues.
The vessel in question was named after the father and grandfather of the late Republican Sen.
Meghan McCain lashed out at President Trump on Thursday's episode of The View, saying his fixation on her late father and his legacy makes it hard for her to grieve. Furthermore, I would never dishonor the memory of a great American patriot like Senator McCain.
Trump echoed the claim on Twitter. And Joe Buccino, a spokesman for acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, told CNN that the secretary "was not aware of the directive to move the USS John S McCain nor was he aware of the concern precipitating the directive".
Meghan McCain, 34, is exhausted of Donald Trump, 72, disgracing her later father, Sen.