President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the person who asked to have the name of the USS cover John S McCain before his visit to sailors in Japan & # 39; well-meant & # 39; was and added that he & # 39; not a fan & # 39; belonged to the deceased senator.
& # 39; Now someone did it because they thought I didn't like him. All right? They were well-intentioned, I will say, & said Trump.
& # 39; They thought they were doing me a favor because they knew that I am not a fan of John McCain, & # 39; he remarked.
The president also reiterated his claim that he knew nothing of the White House's request to cover the ship's name prior to his visit to the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan for Memorial Day.
& # 39; I don't know what happened. I was not involved. I hadn't done that, & Trump said to journalists at the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday morning.
President Trump said the person who once asked for the name of the USS to cover John S McCain & # 39; well-meant & # 39; used to be
Trump landing on the USS Wasp on the Yokosuka Naval Base on Monday
Marine One flies over the Yokosuka Naval Base
The USS John S McCain in dry dock at the Yokosuka Naval Base
He admitted that he was angry when Senator John McCain voted no on a Republican bill to overthrow President Obama's affordable healthcare law, a move that put an end to GOP's efforts to kill Obamacare, but said he never did so & Would give a command.
& # 39; I was very angry with John McCain for killing healthcare. I was in no way a big John McCain fan, shape or form, & he said.
& # 39; I was not a fan, but I would never do something like that & # 39 ;, he added.
In a second series of questions about the incident, Trump said they would probably find out who had submitted the Navy request.
& # 39; I don't know who did it. We will probably be able to find out who did it, & he said.
He also said he didn't care if a boat was named after McCain.
& # 39; I was not a John McCain fan, I will never be, but I don't care if there is a boat named after his father, & # 39; he added.
The ship is actually named after three McCains who served in the navy: the deceased senator, as well as his grandfather, John S. McCain Sr., an admiral during the Second World War, and his father, John S. McCain Jr., an admiral in the Vietnam era.
Navy officials said the tarps covering the ship's name had been removed before the president arrived at the Yokosuka Naval Base.
& # 39; The name of USS John S. McCain was not obscured during the POTUS visit to Yokosuka on Memorial Day. The Navy is proud of that ship, its crew, its namesake and its origins, & wrote Admiral Charlie Brown, the chief of naval information, the Arm of the Navy, on Twitter on Wednesday night.
And Navy Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the seventh US fleet, said: & # 39; all ships remained in normal configuration during the POTUS visit. & # 39;
Trump admitted that he & # 39; not a fan & # 39; was from the late Senator John McCain, but said he had never covered the name of the USS John S McCain.
The Navy said the sails around the name of the USS John McCain were removed before President Donald Trump visited sailors in Japan
The Navy said that a photo of the ship's name was taken last Friday, but the canvas was removed on Saturday before the president arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, on Monday to talk to sailors about the USS Wasp.
And Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said he did not allow the cover of the ship.
& # 39; I have never given permission for any movement or activity related to that ship & # 39 ;, he told reporters traveling with him in Jakarta.
& # 39; Moreover, I would never dishonor the memory of a great American patriot like Senator McCain. I would never despise the young men and women manning that ship, & he added.
He has asked his chief of staff to investigate the incident.
The White House has to deal with the effects of a Wall Street Journal report that officials have asked the Navy to cover the name of the ship prior to Trump's visit to US sailors serving overseas in Japan.
The conversation about the cover-up took place between lower staff members.
High naval officials claim they will put the kibosh on the plan once they have heard of it.
& # 39; There were emails between senior officers, but once the leaders heard about it, they said they should turn it down, & # 39; told a senior naval officer CNN.
But sailors told it The New York Times that USS McCain sailors were not invited to hear President Trump speak about the USS Wasp when he visited the Yokosuka Naval Base for Memorial Day.
And when some of them showed up, with their USS McCain insignia, they were rejected, a service representative told The Times.
Trump said the sailors did not have to apologize.
& # 39; No not at all. We had a great group of sailors from different ships. It was a beautiful day, but the McCain thing I knew nothing about, & he said in the South of the White House.
Donald Trump has denied the USS John McCain & # 39; out of sight & # 39; wanted to have during his visit to Japan
The President tweeted Wednesday: & # 39; I was unaware of anything related to the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan & # 39;
President Trump denied any involvement in an incident and said that he was & # 39; unaware of anything related to the ship & # 39 ;.
Trump tweeted Wednesday: & # 39; I was not aware of anything related to the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan.
& # 39; Nevertheless, @FLOTUS and I loved being with our great Military Men and Women – what a spectacular task they do! & # 39;
White House assistants told The Times that the president was unaware of the request.
An email seen through The Wall Street Journal and sent to US Navy officials and Air Force from an American Indo-Pacific Command Officer would have read: & # 39; USS John McCain must be out of sight. & # 39;
The official would have added: & # 39; Confirm that # 3 will be satisfied. & # 39;
The note contained plans for the President's arrival for the Memorial Day visit and was the result of talks between the White House military office and the seventh US Navy fleet, according to the newspaper.
Images seem to show a canvas that carries the ship named after the war hero, depicted in uniform in 1964, because a collision in 2017 made it harder to move
Trump has long revolted against the late Senator John McCain, who was his widow in both life and death.
The Journal indicated that photos showed that a canvas was hung over the ship's name, but Navy officials said the canvas was removed the next day.
In addition, the newspaper reported that a ship had come closer to the USS McCain to hide the name, but the Navy said it had been removed before Trump's visit to Monday.
A naval officer told CNN & # 39; the ship had been arranged. In a way, you might not have seen the ship's name, but the name was visible at all times. & # 39;
The USS McCain underwent repairs during the president's visit.
The daughter of the deceased senator reacted furiously to the report.
Meghan McCain called the president a & # 39; child & # 39; that her deceased father does not rest in peace.
& # 39; Trump is a child who will always be deeply threatened by the grandeur of my father's incredible life.
& # 39; There is a lot of criticism of how much I am talking about my father, but nine months after he passed, Trump did not let him RIP. So I have to stand up for him. It makes my grief unbearable, & she wrote on Twitter.
Meghan McCain called the president a & # 39; child & # 39; that her deceased father does not rest in peace.
President Trump greets troops after speaking at a Memorial Day event aboard the USS Wasp
US President Donald Trump, on the right, and First Lady Melania Trump arrive Tuesday at the Japanese destroyer JS Kaga in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. Trump wished & # 39; Happy Memorial Day & # 39; for American service personnel aboard an American assault ship docked in Japan
USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer, with a port-side hole after an oil tanker collision, paves its way to the Changi naval base in Singapore in 2017
Trump had a rocky relationship with McCain, who died last year.
In March the president called on him & # 39; terrible & # 39; after the two daughters of the deceased senator begged the president to leave their father and family alone.
& # 39; I am not a fan. He was terrible what he did with withdrawal and replacement. What he did with the Republican Party and the nation, and with sick people who had had great health care, was not right. So I'm not a John McCain fan and that's fine, & Trump told Fox Business Network.
Why was the USS John S. McCain in Japan?
The USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision with an oil tanker in 2017, killing ten sailors.
The ships crashed into each other during the hours of August 21, 2017 in the busy shipping lanes around the Strait of Malacca. There were no casualties among the tanker's crew.
The collision caused the tanker to tear through the hull, creating a hole that flooded the berths of the crew and the machines and communication rooms.
It is currently stationed at the Yokosuka Naval Base, south of Tokyo, which is being repaired.
The fallen men ranged in age from 22-39, and greeted from eight US states – Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas.
Trump has repeatedly shocked his late arch enemy, resulting in McCain & # 39; s youngest daughter Bridget, 27, to make a rare public statement in defense of her deceased father in March.
She beat President Trump in the process and called him a & # 39; child & # 39; and said he was not invited to the senator's funeral because & # 39; you could not count on being courteous & # 39 ;.
Trump had complained during a visit to a factory in Ohio that he was not thanked for giving McCain, who was held in a Hanoi prisoner of war camp during the war for five and a half years, the kind of funeral he wanted. & # 39;
& # 39; I supported him at his request and I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted, which I had to approve as president. I don't care, I haven't received a thank you. Which is good. We sent him on the way. But I wasn't a John McCain fan, & said Trump.
The president was criticized after McCain's death for not having let the flag fly in the White House with half staff. It was eventually lowered and remained so until McCain was buried.
He was not invited to the funeral at the request of the deceased senator. The former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have spoken the praises. A lot of political VIP's – Bill and Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney and others – were present.
McCain's beef with President Trump goes back at least to the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump criticized him for being imprisoned in Vietnam.
& # 39; He is not a war hero & # 39 ;, Trump said in July 2015, sarcastically said: & # 39; He is a war hero because he was captured. & # 39;
He then added: & # 39; I love people who are not committed. & # 39;
Trump versus McCain – how the disputes developed
Trump has few good words to say about John McCain and the feud extends to at least 2015. Here is a cast-in history.
Trump and McCain fought for years and the hostility went beyond the grave
June 30, 2015: & # 39; I just disagree with his comments about the, quote, Mexicans & # 39 ;, McCain said about the campaign speech in which Trump suggested that Mexican immigrants & # 39; drugs & # 39; and & # 39; crime & # 39; to the US and some of them & # 39; rapists. & # 39;
July 16, 2015: Trump calls McCain & # 39; weak & # 39; on during the Arizona rally. McCain hit back and told the New Yorker that Trump had the madmen fired & # 39; fired & # 39; before Trump said: & # 39; The thousands of people popping up in Phoenix were great Americans. @SenJohnMcCain called them & # 39; crazy & # 39; – must apologize! & # 39 ;. He then added that McCain was the last to graduate in his class in Annapolis and said he was a & # 39; dummy & # 39; used to be.
July 18, 2015: Trump said about McCain's time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. & # 39; He is not a war hero. He is a war hero because he was imprisoned. I love people who are not committed. & # 39;
December 22, 2015: McCain says he & # 39; worried & # 39; is about Trump's praise to Russian President Vladimir Putin. & # 39; The thing that is so disturbing about Mr. Trump's compliments for Vladimir Putin is that Vladimir Putin massacred his own people, killed his own people, including people I knew. He shot his equipment down on a passenger plane and killed a few hundred people. & # 39;
April 19, 2016: McCain announced that he would not be attending the Republican primary where Trump would be officially named the party's presidential candidate.
August 1, 2016: McCain criticized Trump for criticizing the Gold Star parents of a fallen US army captain. He said: & # 39; In recent days, Donald Trump despised the parents of a fallen soldier. He has suggested that the will of their son should not be allowed in the United States – not to mention his service. I cannot emphasize enough how much I disagree with Mr Trump's statement. I hope the Americans understand that the comments are not the opinion of our Republican party, its officers or candidates. & # 39;
October 8, 2016: Images have appeared showing that Trump made the wrong women's commentary in 2005. McCain and his wife Cindy said in a statement: & # 39; Donald Trump & # 39; s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his humiliating remarks about women and his pride about sexual assaults, making it impossible to even support to continue to bid
December 29, 2016: McCain employee David Kramer, a manager of the McCain Institute, met BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger and passed the & # 39; dirty file & # 39; from British ex-spy Christopher Steele. Buzzfeed published the file two weeks later.
July 25, 2017: Less than two weeks after brain surgery, McCain hurried back to the senate to & # 39; no & # 39; to vote on the revocation of the Affordable Care Act, which both he and Trump had used for revocation.
April 17, 2018: McCain released memoirs & # 39; The Restless Wave & # 39; in which he made uncompromising criticism of Trump, Russia and his discomfort with the president.
June 20, 2018: Trump publicly blamed McCain for not having withdrawn the Affordable Care Act in 2017. McCain & # 39; s daughter Meghan labeled the move as & # 39; coarse & # 39 ;.
September 1, 2018: McCain & # 39; s funeral is being held at Washington National Cathedral. He made it clear that Trump would not be present.
February 7, 2019: McCain's daughter Meghan McCain appears in the Late Show and criticizes Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner for attending her father's funeral. She said she had her & # 39; beef & # 39; would never crush with the Trump family.
March 2019: Trump continues to attack McCain. The president called him & # 39; terrible & # 39; after the two daughters of the deceased senator begged that the president would leave only their father and family.
May 2019: It is claimed that Trump obscures the USS John McCain & # 39; wanted to have during his visit to Japan
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