President Trump took time during his recent Japan to get in another dig to his long-time (and deceased) rival John McCain.
Ahead of the President’s visit to a U.S. military base there, Navy officials were asked by White House staff members to keep the USS John McCain warship “out of sight”. Because the destroyer was undergoing repairs and couldn’t be moved, a tarp was hung over the ship’s name and a barge was placed in front of it to further block any potential view of it.
Additionally, sailors on the McCain were given the day off as to not be seen wearing their caps displaying the ship’s name.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the directive came from an email from a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official to Navy and Air Force leaders, and before that from a conversation with White House staff.
Trump denied the report’s allegations on Thursday morning, stating “I didn’t know a thing about that. I would never have done that.” He added, however, that whoever issued the order was “well-meaning”.
McCain’s family did not appear to believe the POTUS’ story, with daughter Meghan McCain tweeting: “Trump is a child who will always be deeply threatened by the greatness of my dad’s 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. It makes my grief unbearable.”