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« on: June 02, 2019, 08:41:54 pm »


from The Washington Post…

White House wanted USS John S. McCain
obscured during Trump's Japan visit


The destroyer’s name was covered with a tarp at the request of White House officials
who did not want the president to be upset during the Memorial Day stop.


By JOHN WAGNER, COLBY ITKOWITZ and DAN LAMOTHE | 7:06PM EDT — Thursday, May 30, 2019

The USS John S. McCain in Yokosuka, Japan, last year. — Photograph: Tyra Watson/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Shutterstock.
The USS John S. McCain in Yokosuka, Japan, last year. — Photograph: Tyra Watson/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Shutterstock.

PRESIDENT TRUMP on Thursday said somebody who was “well-meaning” had directed the Navy to obscure the warship USS John S. McCain while Trump was visiting Japan, but he said he had no advance knowledge of the action.

“I don't know what happened. I was not involved. I would not have done that,” Trump told reporters when asked about reports that someone at the White House had asked the Navy to obscure the warship.

Trump, however, suggested that his disdain for the late senator John McCain (Republican-Arizona) is well-known and that it was understandable that someone would try to keep a warship originally named for McCain's father and grandfather, both Navy admirals, from his view.

“I was not a big fan of John McCain in any shape or form,” Trump said. “Now, somebody did it because they thought I didn't like him, okay? And they were well-meaning.”

Trump went on to recount differences he had with McCain, including a vote against a Republican health-care bill that has been a frequent target of the president’s public ire, even after the senator's death in August from brain cancer at age 81.

But hours later, Trump discounted the entire story, tweeting: “The Navy put out a disclaimer on the McCain story. Looks like the story was an exaggeration, or even Fake News — but why not, everything else is!”

A senior White House official confirmed on Wednesday that the person who issued the directive did not want the warship with the McCain name seen in photographs during Trump's visit. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said that the president was not involved in the planning but that the request was made to keep Trump from becoming upset.

Before McCain died, the Navy added his name to the ship. The destroyer is stationed in Japan, where it is being repaired after a fatal crash in 2017.

The crew of the McCain also was not invited to an event during Trump's visit that occurred on the USS Wasp. But a Navy official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said it was because the crew was released from duty for the long holiday weekend, along with sailors from another ship, the USS Stethem.

A senior Navy official confirmed on Wednesday that he was aware that someone at the White House sent a message to service officials in the Pacific requesting that the USS John McCain be kept out of the picture while the president was there. That led to photographs taken on Friday of a tarp obscuring the McCain name, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

When senior Navy officials grasped what was happening, they directed Navy personnel who were present to stop, the senior official said.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the White House directive.

The U.S. Navy reportedly went to great lengths to shield Trump from seeing the ship. Officials said they first covered the name with a tarp, then used a barge to block the name and gave the sailors on the ship the day off, The Wall Street Journal reported. A Navy official told The Washington Post that the barge was moved before the event involving Trump.

Commander Nate Christensen, a Navy spokesman, said that images of the tarp covering the ship are from Friday and that it was taken down Saturday.

“All ships remained in normal configuration during the president's visit,” he said in an email, challenging the suggestion that a barge was moved to block it.

The Wall Street Journal reported that acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan knew of the White House's concerns and approved military officials' efforts to obscure the name. But Shanahan, speaking to reporters on Thursday in Indonesia, denied that account.

“What I read this morning was the first I heard about it,” he said.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Buccino, a spokesman for Shanahan, said the defense secretary “was not aware of the directive to move the USS John S. McCain, nor was he aware of the concern precipitating the directive.”

Reports of the White House directive prompted a tweet Wednesday from Meghan McCain, a daughter of the late senator who is a co-host on the ABC program “The View”.

She called Trump “a child who will always be deeply threatened by the greatness of my dad's incredible life.”

Meghan McCain returned to Twitter on Thursday, relaying that she was present as a child when her mother christened the warship in Bath, Maine.

“It was named after my great grandfather and grandfather (both famous admirals in the navy) and my father was added as namesake after he died. Get a life,” she wrote to Trump.

The episode also drew considerable fire from Democrats, including South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a presidential candidate who served in Afghanistan as a Navy Reserve intelligence officer.

“This is not a show,” he wrote on Thursday on Twitter. “Our military is not a prop. Ships and sailors are not to be toyed with for the benefit of a fragile president's ego.”

Former vice president Joe Biden also was asked about the episode on Thursday as he attended a Memorial Day service in New Castle, Delaware.

“John McCain was a war hero, should be treated as a war hero,” Biden said. “Anything less than that is beneath anyone who doesn't treat him that way.”

Senator Martha McSally (Republican-Arizona), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee that will hold confirmation hearings for Shanahan, said in a statement on Thursday that she was “appalled to hear of the allegations surrounding the USS John S. McCain.”

“There needs to be a full investigation into who ordered it and what occurred. John McCain's legacy deserves nothing but honor and respect from everyone,” said McSally, who was appointed to the Senate and faces an election next year.


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Josh Dawsey contributed to this report.

John Wagner is a national reporter who leads The Washington Post's new breaking political news team. He previously covered the Trump White House. During the 2016 presidential election, Wagner focused on the Democratic campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley. He earlier chronicled Maryland government for more than a decade, a stretch that included O’Malley's eight years as governor and part of the tenure of his Republican predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. He came to The Post from The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he served as the paper's Washington correspondent, covering the 2004 presidential bid of Senator John Edwards and the final years in office of Senator Jesse Helms.

Colby Itkowitz has covered Washington D.C. policy and politics for more than a decade. Since coming to The Post in March 2014, she's covered health policy, anchored the ‘Inspired Life’ blog, and written about the quirks of the federal government and national politics for the famed ‘In the Loop’ column. She was previously The Morning Call's D.C. correspondent. Prior to that, she covered Capitol Hill, specifically transportation policy, for Congressional Quarterly.

Dan Lamothe covers national security for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on the Pentagon and the U.S. military. He joined The Post in 2014, and has traveled extensively since then on assignment. Lamothe has embedded with U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan multiple times, and also has reported from the Aleutian Islands, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Arctic Circle, Norway, Belgium, Germany, France, Singapore, Australia, Mexico, Spain and the Republic of Georgia.

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2019, 08:42:11 pm »


from The Washington Post…

Navy confirms request was made to ‘minimize the visibility’
of USS John S. McCain during Trump's visit to Japan


The episode has raised concerns about whether President Trump's political grievances are infecting the military.

By MATT ZAPOTOSKY | 3:39PM EDT — Saturday, June 01, 2019

The USS John S. McCain, center, at the Yokosuka naval base on Saturday in Japan. — Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images.
The USS John S. McCain, center, at the Yokosuka naval base on Saturday in Japan. — Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images.

THE U.S. Navy on Saturday confirmed that it received a request to “minimize the visibility” of the USS John S. McCain warship while President Trump was visiting Japan last month — an episode that has raised concerns about whether the commander in chief's political grievances might be infecting military culture.

Rear Admiral Charlie Brown, the Navy's chief of information, said in a statement that a “request was made to the U.S. Navy to minimize the visibility of USS John S. McCain, however, all ships remained in their normal configuration during the President's visit.”

He added that there were “no intentional efforts to explicitly exclude Sailors assigned to USS John S. McCain,” and that the Navy was “fully cooperating” with a review of the situation ordered by acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan.

“Our forward-deployed Naval forces continue to stand ready to execute their assigned missions,” Brown said.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on Wednesday that the White House wanted the Navy to put “out of sight” the warship initially named after the father and grandfather of the late Republican senator John McCain while Trump was visiting Japan over Memorial Day weekend. Trump has frequently criticized the senator and Navy captain who was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam — before and after his death.

White House and Pentagon officials told The Washington Post that lower-level staff had been trying to please the president without high-level directives. The officials, though, confirmed that a member of the White House staff sent a message to military officials in the Pacific asking them to keep the ship out of photos during Trump's visit to the Japanese port of Yokosuka.

Trump has offered mixed accounts of what happened. He initially tweeted that he was “not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan,” though he also repeated his disdain for McCain and suggested those who wanted the ship obscured had good intentions.

“I was not a big fan of John McCain in any shape or form,” Trump said. “Now, somebody did it because they thought I didn't like him, okay? And they were well-meaning.”

Later, the president seemed to question reporting about the story, tweeting: “The Navy put out a disclaimer on the McCain story. Looks like the story was an exaggeration, or even Fake News — but why not, everything else is!” That seemed to be a reference to the Navy chief of information tweeting, “The name of USS John S. McCain was not obscured during the POTUS visit to Yokosuka on Memorial Day. The Navy is proud of that ship, its crew, its namesake and its heritage.”

The Navy's Saturday statement provides official confirmation that a request occurred, though it does not say who made the request of the military. The efforts that were actually taken to obscure the ship or prevent its sailors from participating in an event with the president remain a subject of debate.

The ship's crew was not invited to an event on another ship, the USS Wasp, during Trump's visit, but a Navy official previously told The Washington Post that was because its crew was released from duty for Memorial Day weekend. So, too, was the crew of a third ship, the USS Stethem, the official said.

There were photographs taken of a tarp obscuring the McCain name on May 24, though a Navy spokesman has said previously it was taken down the following day and the ships remained in “normal configuration” during Trump's visit. The Wall Street Journal reported that at one point, a barge was moved closer to the USS McCain in such a way that its name was obscured.


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Matt Zapotosky covers the Justice Department for The Washington Post's national security team. He has previously worked covering the federal courthouse in Alexandria and local law enforcement in Prince George's County and Southern Maryland.

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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2019, 09:50:49 pm »

funny story

Trump could piss on his grave
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2019, 12:32:49 am »


Trump feels threatened by John McCain (even though he died of cancer) because McCain was a military hero.

Whereas Trump is a draft-dodging gutless coward.

And every time Trump sees the name McCain, it reminds him of how he is a gutless, draft-dodging coward.

So he behaves in a spiteful way in a vain attempt to compensate for his spineless inadequacy.
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2019, 01:10:59 pm »

the best thing about John McCain is he's dead

what war did you fight in?

it was a wanker war and you were the cum bucket?
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2019, 04:00:41 pm »


John McCain was a war hero who served his country with distinction.

Donald J. Trump has a history of being a gutless, draft-dodging coward who is only interested in serving his own interests to the detriment of everybody else.

In other words, he is a self-serving selfish wanker.
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2019, 07:27:44 am »

hero hahaha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=24&v=7tkBiFZBix0

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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2019, 04:42:30 pm »


It must be a real bummer being President of the United States and being known as a draft-dodging gutless coward.

And feeling threatened by a deceased REAL HERO who served his country with distinction.

Poor liddle Trumpy-wumpy is so inadequate compared to the likes of REAL HEROs like John McCain and Robert S. Mueller III.
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