The president of the United States is a small, petty man. He hates anyone with an actual legacy, and he really hates anyone universally known as a hero. The jealousy is real with Trump, and his loathing for late Senator John McCain is the prefect example of that.
Recently, while on a trip to Japan, the president demanded that the war ship U.S.S. McCain be hidden from view while the president was there. Trump said Thursday that he had nothing to do with the White House request, and he honestly expected people to believe that.
Now, the air has been cleared by the U.S. Navy itself. Rear Admiral Charlie Brown is the U.S. Navy’s chief of information. He confirmed late Friday that the White House did, in fact, make the request:
“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. There were also no intentional efforts to explicitly exclude Sailors assigned to USS John S. McCain.”
The following statement has been issued by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who earlier said that he had his chief of staff investigating the claims, had this to say:
“Our business is to run military operations and not to become politicized,” Shanahan told reporters during a news conference in Singapore on Friday when asked if he shared Trump’s assessment that whoever gave the order was “well-meaning.”“I’ll wait until I get a full explanation of the facts before I’ll pass judgment on the situation, but our job is to run the military. And I would not have moved the ship. I would not have given that direction.”