Donald Trump has done his best to shake the foundations of our government. He has been pulling at the supports of the Department of Justice, the intelligence community, the separation of governmental branches, and the media. Now, he has started pounding another important sacred part of our government.
When POTUS went to Japan, the military covered the name of the U.S.S. John S. McCain ship and sent it three miles offshore out of sight. The man who occasionally sits in the Oval Office said that he did not know anything about the situation. The military members stationed in Japan were invited to hear the man who occasionally sits in the Oval Office speak. Yet, those from the U.S.S. John S. McCain, a guided missile destroyer, were turned away.
Pentagon spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Joe Buccino released a statement that read “the Department of Defense will not be politicized,” Reuters reported:
‘Secretary (Patrick) Shanahan directed his chief of staff to speak with the White House military office and reaffirm his mandate that the Department of Defense will not be politicized. The chief of staff reported that he did reinforce this message.’
There was something profoundly distressing about Trump hating a man so much who has been dead for almost a year. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gave a thumbs down, defeating the president’s attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare/ACA).
Even before that, POTUS said that McCain was no hero. He said that he liked people who were not captured. The senator’s plane was shot down over North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He had a broken leg and two broken arms. His captors tortured him for five and one-half years.
He could have left earlier, because the North Vietnamese military found out that his father was the admiral in command of the entire area. McCain refused to leave his men. On the other hand, Trump got five deferments, the last for fake bone spurs. Another young man went in the president’s place.
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan felt the need to see what really happened with the U.S.S. John S. McCain. He asked his chief of staff to track down the answers. When Shanahan got the results, he decided not to involve an inspector general in the incident.
‘There is no room for politicizing the military.’
The acting defense secretary said his chief of staff did not know about the White House directive. He also said the man did not find anything in any emails about it.
The U.S.S. John S. McCain was originally named after McCain’s grandfather. Then, it was rededicated to the senator’s father. Finally, the great ship was dedicated to the senator. Both his father and grandfather were Navy Admirals.
Shanahan said he had talked to Senator McCain’s wife, Cindy, about this. He did not go into what the two had spoken about.
After the senator passed away, Trump was expressly asked to stay away from his funeral. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) managed to sneak Trump advisers daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner into the funeral, though.
Senator McCain ran for president against then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008.