White House Requests that McCain Warship Be Hidden From Trump’s View


For President Trump, death is apparently no boundary when it comes to getting in a dig to a long-time rival.

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Ahead of the POTUS’ visit to an American military base in Japan, U.S. military officials were asked by White House staff to move the USS John McCain destroyer “out of sight”. Since the warship was under repair and could not be moved, a tarp was instead placed over the ship’s name and another boat was placed in front to further obscure any view of it.

Sailors on the McCain were also given a day’s leave, reportedly so they would not be seen wearing their military-issued caps that bear the ship’s name.

A War of Words

President Trump denies having anything to do with the incident, saying “I didn’t know a thing about that. I would never have done that,” before adding that whoever issued the directive was “well-meaning”.

The order was uncovered through emails from a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command leader to Navy and Air Force officials. The original source of the command, however, came from the White House, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Although there are pictures of the tarp in place, the Navy Chief of Information denies the allegations. “The name of USS John S. McCain was not obscured during the POTUS visit to Yokosuka on Memorial Day,” their account wrote on Twitter.

Last month, Trump went after the late McCain during an interview, saying the late Senator “did the nation a tremendous disservice” by not voting to annul the Affordable Care Act.