Meghan McCain lashes out at 'child' Trump over report USS John S. McCain was kept 'out of sight' during Japan trip

Erin Donnelly

A new report from the Wall Street Journal claims that U.S. Navy officials were advised to keep the warship USS John S. McCain, which honors the late Arizona senator John McCain as well as his father and grandfather, out of Donald Trump’s view during his trip to Japan. The president has frequently criticized the former POW, who died last August at age 81.

“USS John McCain needs to be out of sight,” an official for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command reportedly insisted in an email to Navy and Air Force administrators, citing orders from the White House.

The White House reportedly ordered the USS John S. McCain to be kept "out of sight." (Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
The White House reportedly ordered the USS John S. McCain to be kept "out of sight." (Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

According to the Wall Street Journal, a tarp was placed over the warship, which is undergoing repairs, to obscure its name. A paint barge was reportedly also docked near the warship to help hide it, while soldiers who typically wear the USS McCain insignia on their caps, were given the day off. However, officials for the Navy say that the ship was returned to its “normal configuration” by the time Trump arrived in Japan last Saturday. There, he was greeted by members of the military wearing potentially code-breaking patches reading “Make Aircrew Great Again” in a riff on his MAGA slogan.

Trump has tweeted a statement denying any knowledge of the efforts to hide the warship, though one critic charged that it had his “tiny, petty fingerprints all over it.” The Washington Post reports that officials confirmed the USS John S. McCain story, but said that it was a precautionary measure intended to prevent upsetting Trump, but was not actually ordered by him.

McCain’s daughter, The View co-host Meghan McCain, came to her father’s defense and accused Trump of acting like a “child” because he’s “deeply threatened by the greatness of my dad’s incredible life.”

She also noted the criticism she receives about referencing her father and the backlash she got recently after she scolded Sen. Amy Klobuchar for giving a speech about the late McCain’s disdain for Trump.

Many sympathized with McCain, though some said that Trump’s attacks should encourage her to let his political opponents, such as Klobuchar, speak about her dad.

Others questioned McCain’s continued support of the Republican Party, though she is a vocal critic of Trump.


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