White House wanted the warship USS John McCain 'out of sight' during Trump's Japan trip

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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was unaware of any effort to move the USS John McCain that was stationed near the site of his recent speech in Japan.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to Reuters that an initial request had been made to keep the John McCain out of sight during Trump’s speech but was scrapped by senior Navy officials.

The Wall Street Journal, which revealed the plans, said the White House wanted the US Navy to move the ship, named for the late Arizona senator, “out of sight.” It cited an email between US military officials.

Mr Trump has long criticised McCain on a variety of fronts and has kept up his attacks on McCain even following his death in August.

The email to Navy and Air Force officials had a number of directives, including: “USS John McCain needs to be out of sight,” and asking officials to “please confirm” that directive “will be satisfied.”



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