Shanahan: USS John McCain request made directly to Seventh Fleet

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with troops at a Memorial Day event aboard the USS Wasp amphibious

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with troops at a Memorial Day event aboard the USS Wasp amphibious

Trump said he was not involved in the matter.

Trump told reporters Thursday that while he had had no knowledge of the plan nor would he have acted on it, he "is not a big fan" of McCain, and whoever was behind the plan was "well-meaning".

"I will say the president's actions have consequences, and when you repeatedly are attacking my father and war heroes, it creates a culture in the military where people are clearly fearful to show my father's name in one way or another". "Now, somebody did it because they thought I didn't like him, okay?"

The barbs against McCain from the President did not stop after his death.

Three US officials have confirmed that the White House told the Navy in an email to keep the warship named for Mr McCain, his father and his grandfather, out of Mr Trump's sight during his visit on Tuesday to a base outside Tokyo. And he said he has not spoken to the White House or to a top Navy admiral in the Pacific about the matter. "I'll wait until I get a full explanation of the facts before I pass judgment on the situation, but our job is to run the military".

The ship's crew was not invited to an event on another ship, the USS Wasp, during Trump's visit, but a Navy official previously told The Post that was because its crew was released from duty for Memorial Day weekend.

Only Trump would call ordering the USS John S. McCain to be hidden, "well meaning".

They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss private email correspondence.

Asked what he has learned about the incident so far, Shanahan said he was told that despite the White House request, the Navy did not move the ship and that a barge that was in front of it was moved before Trump arrived.

The Wall Street Journal reported the story Wednesday, showing the ship with a tarp covering its name on the back.

Still, he added Thursday that he "was very, very angry with McCain because he killed health care".

After being tortured as POW in Vietnam, Sen John McCain was unable to raise his arms above his shoulders.

As a senator, McCain broke with the president in key areas.

Shanahan's spokesman stated that the defence secretary "was not aware of the directive to move the USS John S McCain nor was he aware of the concern precipitating the directive".

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen, in Singapore waters August 21, 2017. He said that a tarp that had been draped over the ship's name was removed, but that it was put there for maintenance, not to obscure its identity.

"All ships remained in normal configuration during the President's visit", he said.

Concern has increased about the politicization of the USA military under Trump.

"A request was made to the U.S. Navy to minimize the visibility of USS John S. McCain, however, all ships remained in their normal configuration during the President's visit", Rear Adm. Charlie Brown, chief of Navy information, said in a statement to Politico.

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