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Trump Responds to Reports of Odd McCain Directive

If a White House official ordered ship obscured, he was 'well-meaning,' says president
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2019 11:36 AM CDT
In this 2017 photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS John S. McCain conducts a patrol in the South China Sea.   (James Vazquez/U.S. Navy via AP)

(Newser) – President Trump has made no secret of the fact that he isn't, and never was, an admirer of the late John McCain. But that story took a strange turn this week with a report that the White House ordered the Navy essentially to conceal a destroyer named for McCain's father and grandfather, both Navy admirals, while Trump visited Japan. By all accounts, Trump himself did not make any such order, but he said Thursday that he understands the rationale. Details and developments:

  • The president: “I don’t know what happened. I was not involved. I would not have done that,” Trump told reporters Thursday, reports Politico. “I was not a big fan of John McCain in any shape or form,” Trump added, before ticking off some of their differences. “Now, somebody did it because they thought I didn’t like him, OK? And they were well-meaning." But "I would never have done that."
  • Meghan McCain: She initially criticized Trump on Twitter Thursday morning over the report and later amplified on The View. "The president's actions have consequences," she said, per CNN. "And when you repeatedly are attacking my father and war heroes, it creates a culture in the military where people are clearly fearful to show my father's name in one way or another. And that, I think, is what has started this chain of events and actions."

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