Navy acknowledges request regarding USS John S. McCain made for Trump visit

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with troops at a Memorial Day event aboard the USS Wasp amphibious

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with troops at a Memorial Day event aboard the USS Wasp amphibious

Trump and McCain, who was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, were frequently at odds before and during Trump's presidency. Rear Admiral Charlie Brown, chief of information said in a statement.

Mr Trump denied any involvement in the matter.

The request from the White House, reported on earlier this week, was apparently made without President Donald Trump's knowledge.

"Now, somebody did it because they thought I didn't like him, OK? And they were well-meaning, I will say", he said.

The barbs against McCain from the President did not stop after his death.

After Trump tweeted about the validity of the story being questioned, and it possibly being "fake news", the U.S. Navy issued a statement confirming the request from the White House had in fact been made.

Only Trump would call ordering the USS John S. McCain to be hidden, "well meaning". The goal would be to ensure there is less ambiguity about how the military should support VIP events and how service members should respond to such political requests, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Asked directly if members of his senior staff were aware of the White House request before the president's visit, Shanahan said he's been told they did not know.

The official said he would talk to the White House Military Office to get more information about the directive, the newspaper reported.

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Trump said he wasn't informed about plans for the ship.

Still, he added Thursday that he "was very, very angry with McCain because he killed health care". Trump also mocked McCain's military service, which included years of imprisonment and torture during the Vietnam War.

The ship is named after the long-time senator from Arizona, and originally his father and grandfather, who all served in the Navy.

The USS John S. McCain controversy led acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to ask his chief of staff to find out what happened. He said the military "needs to do their job" and stay out of politics.

Shanahan confirmed details about a Navy email that said the White House military office wanted the USS John McCain kept "out of sight" when Trump was in Japan about a week ago. A tarp was hung over the ship's name and a barge was moved in front of the ship to obscure the ship's name after the tarp was removed.

Navy Cdr. Clay Doss, spokesman for USA 7th Fleet, told the AP that the tarp was on the ship on Friday but was removed by Saturday morning, the day Trump arrived in Japan.

Concern has increased about the politicization of the US military under Trump. In 2018, the Navy added Senator McCain to the official namesake of the guided missile destroyer. POTUS stands for president of the United States. When "several" sailors from the McCain "showed up anyway", the Times reported, "they were turned away".

McCain's daughter Meghan tweeted Wednesday that Trump will "always be deeply threatened by the greatness of my dads incredible life".

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