According to an email obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the White House requested that the U.S. Navy move the USS John S. McCain warship, named after the late senator from Arizona, "out of sight" before Donald Trump was to arrive in Japan for a visit. Trump has previously expressed disdain for John McCain on multiple occasions, including after he had passed away on August 25, 2018 at the age of 81.
"USS John McCain needs to be out of sight," said email, which was from May 15, reportedly read. "Please confirm #3 will be satisfied."
NEW: The White House wanted the USS John McCain “out of sight” for Trump’s visit to Japan. A tarp was hung over the ship’s name ahead of the trip, and sailors—who wear caps bearing the ship’s name—were given the day off for Trump’s visit. w/@gluboldhttps://t.co/6ugPceCOre pic.twitter.com/KuIoWJK5Kt— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) May 29, 2019
Trump later took to Twitter to deny the report and said he "was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan."
I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan. Nevertheless, @FLOTUS and I loved being with our great Military Men and Women - what a spectacular job they do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
The late senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, responded to the report and called Trump "a child..."
Trump is a child who will always be deeply threatened by the greatness of my dads incredible life. There is a lot of criticism of how much I speak about my dad, but nine months since he passed, Trump won't let him RIP. So I have to stand up for him.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 30, 2019
It makes my grief unbearable. https://t.co/gUbFAla1VE