Courtesy of NBC News:
The U.S. Navy has acknowledged that a request was made to hide the USS John S. McCain during President Donald Trump’s recent state visit to Japan.
“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,” Rear Admiral Charlie Brown, chief of information, said in a statement to NBC News.
“There were also no intentional efforts to explicitly exclude Sailors assigned to USS John S. McCain,” the statement said.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that it had reviewed an email to Navy and Air Force officials dated May 15 that included the direction “USS John McCain needs to be out of sight” for Trump’s Japan visit. CNBC has also obtained the email. NBC News has not reviewed the email.
Trump said Wednesday night on Twitter: “I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan.” Trump again denied any involvement on Thursday, but said whoever made the request was “well meaning.”
That was Trump’s initial statement but then he went on to tweet this:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
I am not sure which part of the story Trump considers exaggerated, but it is most certainly not “fake news” and the Wall Street Journals has at least one email to prove it.
Keep in mind that we know that either Trump himself ordered this to happen, or his staff decided to make thsi request because they knew that their thin-skinned leader might blow his top if he was a ship with John McCain’s name emblazoned on the side.
Either one of those explanations makes Trump look like a lunatic.