The White House wanted the US Navy to move Arleigh Burke class Destroyer USS John McCain “out of sight” ahead of President Trump’s visit to Japan, according to an email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

It has been reported by most US major news outlets, the White House Military Office and lower-level US Navy officials exchanged emails about moving the USS John McCain ahead of President Donald Trump’s recent Japan visit.

“There were emails between lower-level officers, but once leadership heard about it, they said knock it off,” a senior Navy official told the Wall Street Journal.

The White House Military Office provides military support for White House functions, including food service, presidential transportation, medical support and emergency medical services and hospitality services, say CNN.

Here’s some background on their relationship, courtesy of the outlet:

“Trump and McCain, who was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, were frequently at odds before and during Trump’s presidency, up to McCain’s death. In 2015, Trump attacked McCain — who had been a prisoner of war in Vietnam — as “not a war hero” and again criticized the senator from Arizona after he died of brain cancer last August.”

There’s also a strange rumour, repeated by many on Twitter (according to some, mostly bots) that claims McCain started a fire and killed 134 people onboard an aircraft carrier.

According to Snopes and beginning in August 2017, a series of pro-Trump fake news websites took aim at the reputation of Trump administration critic John McCain by regurgitating an old, fabricated account of what caused a catastrophic fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in 1967.

The naval disaster killed 134 sailors and injured 161—one of those survivors was McCain himself, who sustained minor injuries.

The web sites, several of which also defamed McCain as having been “a ‘rat’ or ‘stoolie’” during his five-and-a-half years of captivity as a POW in North Vietnam, laid out details claiming McCain was “personally responsible” for the deadly conflagration on the deck of the Forrestal.

In reality, the fire was actually caused by the accidental firing of an Mk-32 ‘Zuni’ rocket as a result of an electrical power surge during preparations for a strike against a target in North Vietnam, according to the US Navy’s own exhaustive investigation.

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Harry Bulpit

“not a war hero” coming from the man who dodged the draft. Absolut discrase.

Nicholas

Donald Trump was lucky, he was born in a well off family. Many such family’s found “innovative ways” to keep their sons from getting drafted into the military during the Vietnam war. It was the middle class and many minorities that shouldered the cost on the battlefields of Vietnam.

Topboy

It was the working class who bore the burden of the Vietnam war!

Nicholas

You are 100% correct with that statement. I missed out “working class”. I posted it before editing. I will be mindful to mix more water with it in future.

Jonathan

Yes it does say something about the state of western democracy in general when politicians and political movements can get away with stuff like that. Puts our own issues with very loose use of facts into perspective.

Lusty

Putting aside any political stance, John McCain served his country during a time of conflict. Shot down, he was nearly drowned, was seriously wounded, and experienced torture. He refused early release unless those who were captured before him were also released, a true mark of the man. Repeatedly beaten, he experienced dysentery, the effects of the climate, and was almost driven to suicide. Such treatment and his injuries left him unable to raise his arms above his head. His wife had been crippled in a car accident in 1969, which obviously added to his emotional stress – particularly as that… Read more »

The Big Man

Some may disagree with his views – and that’s okay. But to disrespect his honour is an affront to his memory.

Sums it up for me.

Elliott

John McCain was a mother songbird who sung like a canary under interrogation. Prior to being shot down his service jacket included crashing 3 fighter jets and setting a aircraft carrier on fire. He caused that fire by wet starting his engine against regulations and causing the Zuni rocket to malfunction. The only reason he was still flying was because of daddy’s influence as Pacific Fleet commander. Anyone who relies on Snopes and CNN as sources and fact checkers is just as likely to believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus. On his captivity? The man actually gained weight… Read more »

RGH2996

Elliott, I am from Arizona, and I agree with everything you said about our late and not-so-great senator. In my opinion, he was truly deserving of the acronym RINO. Of all his deeds over the years, that last vote on the repeal of “zero care” and his thumb down appearance was nothing more than a final “screw you” to President Trump. The trouble with that vote, is that it screwed over the hard working middle class (myself included) that are struggling to pay for their healthcare since zero care has become the law of the land. Do I think that… Read more »

SoleSurvivor

But always remember Elliott, you’re one of our children ? we created you, your country would not exist if it wasn’t for us, your flags colours are our colours.

So it is always fair for a parent to comment on her rogue child who’s turned into a bit of an arsehole.

Herodotus

You’ll get you wrists slapped you naughty boy. You know that you must never challenge bombastic neo-imperialism!

SoleSurvivor

I had to take the piss

An American telling someone from another country to mind their own business is one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever read.

Herodotus

And to challenge their right to freedom of speech…given the US constitution (written by descendants of British colonialists)….absolutely priceless!

Steve Salt

Are you two a double act ?
You’re very good ???

Daniele Mandelli

Brilliant Sole.

OTB

‘mind your own business’
Hahahahahaha! This is amazing!!!
Who are you, Trump junior!?
It’s weird that you “know” so much about this guy. You just copied/pasted your comment straight out of Breitbart news right? Even if he wasn’t the best guy in the world, at least he grew a pair and went to Vietnam. He’s still a million times better than a wimp like Donald Trump. So for Donland to be bad mouthing him, ever after he’s dead (WTAF!?) that is just so wrong / embarrassing.

John Robinson

We have every right to comment on your country and its idiot President, just as you do commenting on here with the usual pro Trump lies about McCain

Bob Van-Kempen

Couldn’t agree more. Well said!

Steve Salt

Republication presidents usually get a carrier named after them.
Any of our friends from across the pond looking forward to the USS Donald J Trump representing you around the world ?
The man`s a disgrace, does he not realise that the John S McCain is named for 3 generations of naval hero, 2 admirals and a Vietnam PoW ?
All over a political spat.
Shameful.

Ian

Actually Trump had nothing to do with the suggestion that the named be covered / vessel be moved from port, it was some unnamed official from the White House who thought it would be a good idea to ask the navy to do so.

He did, however, say that the person behind the idea was ‘well-meaning’ – I assume because his and the late John McCain’s dislike for each other was rather well known!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48456742

Regards

pkcasimir

One would expect something more informed even from a biased, unknowledgeable Brit. The only Republican Presidents who have had Aircraft Carriers named after them actually served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Neither Calvin Coolidge nor Herbert Hoover, to cite just two examples, have had ACs named after them. Surprisingly, the most distinguished General who also served as President, US Grant, has had no AC named after him. That, primarily because his reputation was slandered by the racist Woodrow Wilson and the progressives just before WW1. Bill Clinton was also a draft dodger and, most certainly, will not… Read more »

Steve Salt

Thanks for putting me straight, although I didnt say ALL Republication presidents as Chester Nimitz, Carl Vinson and John Stennis clearly werent also Clinton, Carter and Johnson were Democrats werent they ? I also realise that the USS McCain isnt specifically named after the late senator but the family lineage is inescapable and his link to the ship therefore unavoidable.

Cheers

Andrew

Trump has repeatedly stated he did ask for this to happen. I know the media is mostly left wing and hate Trump, but the insinuation it was him is baseless or plain lies. As a Brit i welcome this UK loving president and all he has achieved as US president so far. They will try, and have tried, absolutely anything to attack Trump. They havent learned a damn thing even after two whole years of smears re the Mueller report where they have been utterly humiliated. I do not believe anything the msm say, i do my own research, and… Read more »

John Robinson

The disgrace is Trump alright, and Muller never exonerated him either, UK loving President??? oh please

Andrew

You’ll find in the report ‘no collusion’ was found. I’ll think you’ll find that its up to the investigation to prove Trump was ‘colluding’, it didnt, the witch hunt is over. The left, pushed hard the Pelosi’s of this world are a hysterical bunch. But facts are facts, Trump did nothing wrong. In fact, the next great hope for the Democrats to ‘take down’ Trump, Avenatti (Stormy Daniels lawyer) has been charged with stealing $300,000 from her and trying to extort Nike….looking at up to 400 years in prison. You see, the system works when there are facts and evidence.… Read more »

Jon Robinson

The nvestigation never mentioned collusion, that was the narrative pushed out by Trump, and the report never exonerated trump either, it wasn’t a left witch hurt, it was authorised by a republican congress and led by a republican, those are facts, maybe not covered because no one cares. Or are you going to claim a conspiracy to hide it?

Andrew

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA….. The funniest thing i have ever heard on here! The left pushed a ‘collusion’ narrative for two years. Clinton pushed it too because she couldn’t believe Trump beat her, and still hasnt come to terms with it. The Mueller report was meant to be the Dems vindication of Russian interference, It hopelessly failed. Now nobody (ie BBC, C4, Sky, CNN, MSNBC, ABC) talks about it anymore because it was an utter failure. They also have stopped promoting Avenatti because he’s looking at up to 400 years in prison, Beto O’rourke who uses S.American nickname (even though he’s not) to… Read more »

John Robinson

LOL this reads like something a Russian troll puts up on RT, Collusion is never mentioned in the brief, whether or not the “left” mentioned it is irrelevant, The Mueller report never “exposed” anyone and it didnt exonerate him either. Also there was Russian intereference, as shown by Congress and all US intelligence services and the issue of warrants for arrests, but dont let a little thing like facts stop your ranting. Trump has dazzled the UK? are you stupid? no he hasnt and the only reason he doesnt like Khan is becuase he isnt White, where is this huge… Read more »

John Robinson

What exactly has the Mueller report “exposed”?

Andrew

And there we have it people, the foil hatter’s are alive and well. The Mueller report showed nothing on Trump. No ‘collusion’ with Russia after 2 whole years of an investigation that was hysterically hyped up by all msm with “Trump colluded” panels of anti Trump politicians, legal ‘experts’ and media celebrities. Whether you like it or not, the Mueller report failed. Facts dont care about your feelings. “What has Trump done for the US?” A question that could only be asked by the Guardian readers or Owen Jones’s of this world…. 1. First step act. This prison reform is… Read more »

John Robinson

Well thsats wrong, he was never exonerated, thats a fact and agin the report never set out find collusion that was something Trump kept saying, as the issue of warrants show otherwise, also it was set up by a Republican house, not democrats. 2. No evidence of such investment, in fact most companies have been buying up their own shares, not investing. 5. Is that a joke? ISIS was on the way out long before he came to power and the Iraqi army and Syrian forces did most of the work. 6.10 where is the evidence he had anything to… Read more »

Andrew

Once again, Trump did nothing wrong. It’s hard for to cope with it i can see….you must be an avid CNN fan. Obama CUT the defence budget, while asking the military to fight ISIS, he was derided by his own military chiefs. Trump not only boosted spending, he dramatically upped the intensity. He also took on a Russian bluff, and hit Syria with UK help. The US is the MAJOR force behind ISIS being wiped out, and Trump made sure of it. Sorry to hurt your ‘feels’. Obama oversaw children put in cages for years, people like you never blinked… Read more »

John Robinson

Why would I watch CNN in Britain? is that your stock answer? accuse them of watching CNN? You do know Obama had Quarters over 5%? Obama also had a worldwide recession to deal with. And yet again Trump was never exonerated, thats a fact. Yes Obama cut the defence budget and yet still had enough to fight ISIS, again they have more than the next 10 nations combined, they waste most of it. And thats a lie, the seperations didnt happen until Trump came to power, thats a fact, then when he realised he was losing support he tried to… Read more »

Andrew

Well, you really are tiring me out. Now outright lies that Obama didnt cage kids even though theres indisputable proof! Look, i can tell you hate facts. I know you are embarrassed after you panic googled Trumps popularity and you found out you are wrong. That’s fine. There is no point talking to people like you whatsoever, you fingers in ears ‘lalalala’ types just refuse to acknowledge facts. I’m sure you could have an argument with your own shadow. Anyway, Trump is going to around, doing a great job for America for another 6 years. I shall drink your and… Read more »

John Robinson

LOL talk about projection, you are the one who hates facts, Obama didnt cage kids, Trump started it and then quickly backtracked on it, Trumps popularity is just as bad as its always been and LOL Trump doing a great job? the mans an idiot who hasnt done anything and is taking credit for Obamas economy, go and troll somewhere else with your nonsense and outright lies, and he was never exonerated

Andrew

Donald Trump, triggering you, the far left since 2016’

Take a seat son, youre done here.

Have a lovely week

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John Robinson

LOL, more BS, like your “record polularity” claim, he was never exonerated, thats a fact.

Donald Trump, enabling bigots and racists since 2016, but hey he sticks to the libs, or something, thats about as intelligent as his supporters get.

Andrew

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/442336-trumps-approval-rating-at-all-time-high-in-gallup-poll

I accept your full and unreserved apology.

Donald Trump, triggering you, the far left since 2016.

Take a seat son, youve been served…

Have a lovely week

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John Robinson

Oh dear https://news.gallup.com/poll/258026/trump-job-approval-trending-back-down.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication

Donald Trump, enabling bigots and racists since 2016, take a seat, your BS is almost as pathetic as what comes out of his mouth.

You just cant stop coming back can you

Andrew

Bigots AND racists aye?
Oh golly gosh ?

Look at you and all your big words…you kids grow up so fast these days dont you puddin

Donald Trump, triggering you, the far left since 2016.

Have a lovely week

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John Robinson

Oh look at you, coming back again and again, you seem to be triggered.

Donald Trump enabling bigots and racists since 2016

Andrew

Golly gosh look at you go.
Just another snowflake on my ‘i kind wind them up list’ ??

Got anymore fella?

So triggered

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You NPCs are a wonderful fun and a truly humorous distraction.

“Orange man bad” right?
?

Hahaha….

John Robinson

“I kind wind them up list”

again in English please

Andrew

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This is too easy….

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John Robinson

So you cant repeat it in plain English then?

oh the intelligence level of a trump supporter

Andrew

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Anymore my ❄️?

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Andrew

Anymore??

John Robinson

LOL, another projection, claiming everyone else are snowflakes after getting upset that someone is talking trash about Trump

SoleSurvivor

It’s plain for everyone to see who’s been “triggered” here

As usual people scream “oh the far left have been triggered” while being offended and jumping into conversations rabidly defending throwing identity politics into the debate.

Have a day off Andrew Ffs

Andrew

?
Oh bless you….so triggered, so angry.

Got anymore for me?
Nazi?
Xenophobe?
C’mon big boy, this is the all ‘inclusive’ far left you are representing…so, ‘represent’.
What’s next for me squire?
I’m loving this…it’s great fun

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SoleSurvivor

Lol

When you stop messaging like a 15 year old updating their Instagram come back to me

Andrew

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Anything else puddin?

????

C’mon, give it your best shot trigglypuff

SoleSurvivor

You look absolutely ridiculous mate And for the record I don’t represent anyone and I’m certainly not far left, I don’t identify myself like that, I have views that people would say is right and others that people would say left, I don’t desperately need to be part of a political culture or side. I don’t mind Trump, he’s not my president, I have opinions on him based on what I see, I think he’s been fine these last few days and I’ve enjoyed watching him with the royals. I just call out the stupidity of this left & right… Read more »

Andrew

That’s the most grown up thing i have heard yet. Yes, Shapiro was ‘triggered’ as they put it. He then apologised unreservedly for storming off. If you read my whole thread with john the snowflake you will see that i gave him every opportunity to come back. He then either lied, or ignored everything Trump has done. I didnt even mention the ban Trump made on bump stock because he clearly doesnt care about the good things he has achieved, none of their far left do. I am also in your same boat, i am on the right of politics… Read more »

David E Flandry

In the US system of justice there is no “Scottish verdict.” If there is no evidence for something, then there is no evidence. And President Trump is a known Anglophile.

John Robinson

They never exonerated him, thats a fact, no matter how much you want to make excuses, also the invesyigation never mentioned collusion, thats something Trump has used and tried to spin. Trump is only interested in Trump, dont give me some crap about being an Anglophile. But please, do tell me what this idiot has achieved as President that you love so much….

David E Flandry

I am an Anglophile, no matter what you think. Your petty personal attack is unworthy. Have a nice day.

John Robinson

Your previous comment ended with ” And President Trump is a known Anglophile.” No mention of whether YOU are an anglophille and I never mentioned you either, in future read the comment before making assumptions

Nicholas

Judging by the discourse between the Trump Administration and the U.S. Military Chiefs. There could be more chance of a USS Donald Duck than a USS Donald J Trump in the years ahead.

pkcasimir

Uniformed military Chiefs have absolutely nothing to do with naming US ships. That responsibility, under law, lies with the civilian Secretary of the Navy. A power delegated to him by legislation.

SoleSurvivor

Keep your hair on judge dredd

Herodotus

A USS Donald Duck sounds a great idea! A quack instead of a tweet. ‘Oh dear’ Mr Elliott ….as for pledging allegiance to the flag every morning, it kind of looks as if you are trying too hard. Anyway, since most of us have ancestors going back to the end of the last Ice-Age in Britain, perhaps we are a little more confident in our sense of belonging!

Marc

I call bullshit on this as President Trump would say,fake news.

David E Flandry

Just because someone in the White House Military Office may have suggested ‘hiding” the USS Mc Cain does not mean it came from the president, who normally does not keep up with ship locations. In any case the decision was moot two days before the visit.

dan

More fake news. Doesn’t the left wingers ever give up?

H4cked Off

Ha, ha… No, they doesn’t!

Herodotus

Shouldn’t that be dozen’t?

John Robinson

Nothing fake about it, the Navy admits it was asked by the White House

David E Flandry

But not by the president. More likely someone, a sailor, in the White House Military Office, with over a hundred people.

John Robinson

The fact remains, the White house asked for it to be hidden, which was the headline for this, nothing in the article suggested it came from Trump. So dont worry, no one is trying to insult your hero