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White House wanted USS McCain out of sight while Trump was at Yokosuka

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Trump is a big baby. Can't get over the fact that a dead man is more respected. But wait, here come the Trumpers to defend Trump and call Mccain a loser or a Rino...

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Can it get any worse (if it is the facts)?

But I wouldn't be surprised at all if they tried to "hide" McCains name.

Everything is and will be done for the oh so great POTUS - so he feels good!

12 ( +16 / -4 )

Cowards.

13 ( +20 / -7 )

Trump is very "Narcissistic", another proof!

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What an empty life Trump leads, devoid of anything worth living for.

Whoever in the white house gave the order needs to be fired tomorrow morning; and thrown out onto the street by the secret service with all the networks/cables covering it live.

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I hold no brief for the fulsome worship of a McCain, but such pettiness is the measure of this pathetic moron. I hope to never see the day when a USS Donald J. "Bonespurs" Trump is launched. Nothing other than a big, fat, orange blimp would be worthy of a name that will live in infamy and ridicule as one of the most embarrassing jokes in the history of American presidents.

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And Trump's war against McCain's corpse continues...

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This has already been proven to be false.

> > Navy Chief of Information

@chinfo

> The name of USS John S. McCain was not obscured during the POTUS visit to Yokosuka on Memorial Day. The Navy is proud of that ship, its crew, its namesake and its heritage.

> 5,393

11:09 AM - May 30, 2019

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"But a spokesperson for the U.S. Pacific Fleet told NBC News that the photo in the Wall Street Journal article was from Friday and the tarp was taken down on Saturday. The President visited the troops on Monday. The ship is currently under repair after crashing into a merchant ship in 2017, killing 10 sailors."

NBC news

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Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't.

But it seems that there was at least a request to do so:

"......three U.S. officials said Wednesday."

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The only thing worse than Trump's pettiness is his enablers. When is the GOP going to call "enough"?

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Two days after President Donald Trump left, reverberations from his state visit to Japan are still felt. He must be a great President.

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What a bunch of BS. Surprisingly disappointing from the WSJ.

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It sounds like the White House made the request by email, but the Navy did not comply.

And quite rightly. What a petty request.

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That’s shameful to the ship and it’s crew and shameful to the family of McCain who served his country for all of his life while Trump the draft dodger was trying to get rich.

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Petty and childish. Trump is jealous of a dead man.

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Trump probably didn't know about it, but given what we know about the White House and the sycophants he has surrounded himself, I have no doubt the story is true. Certainly, if I were the Wall Street Journal editor, I wouldn't publish such a story unless it had been verified by more than one source, and apparently it has.

The main issue is not whether or not tarps were used or not but whether any instructions to keep the USS John S McCain out of sight were issued.

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Maybe they covered it up because Trump can’t read it? They didn’t want the president to feel bad.

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It would have been fun to see 100s of USS McCain navy hats standing in formation as Trump walked by.

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With the people wearing them...not just hats

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No, it's purely FALSE.

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Furthermore, the ship was named after the Admirals John S McCain, Sr & Jr, the grandfather and father of the late Sen John McCain who was added posthumously in 2018.

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Sounds like more fake news to me - the story will be proven false but the ill-will towards Trump will remain. "A U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official" doesn't sound like a White House employee to me. This official may have ordered it hidden. Maybe not. But there is no evidence even presented that says the White House ordered this - except of course the headline.

Are people really so easy to manipulate?

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Petty.

In Delaware now. Biden 2020.

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McCain...bona fide war hero.

Trump... writer of book that contained the word "war".

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sorry, that should read "ghost" writer of book that contained the word "war".

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So is there any reporting on who is responsible other than innuendo?

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When any of our grandchildren takes a good look at both folks..Trump and McCain, who do you think they will respect more?

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If this is true that certain Naval people did cover up John McCain's name on the ship... because that is not clear yet. But if it is true, and even if Trump didn't request it or know about it, he still has some blame. Why? Because he's the type of leader to blow his top and make life miserable for people if they screw up. So what do you do.... you do everything you can to keep him happy. That might include taking actions like covering up McCain's name. Because we all know he hated him.

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This story has already been debunked as fake news. Google for updated and corrected news of this event. A total fake news story.

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The ship is not named after Senator John Mccain but his Grandfather who was a navy admiral.

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The current occupant of the White House is a very petty individual ... another reason he is not fit to be President of the United States of America (POTUS).

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The ship is not named after Senator John Mccain but his Grandfather who was a navy admiral.

It's actually named after all three John S. McCains.

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If this is debunked, why is Fox "News" reporting that the acting Defsec is having it looked into? (Why are there so many acting officials this far into Donny's term?)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.foxnews.com/politics/shanahan-look-into-reports-uss-mccain-trump.amp

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It takes the worst kind of coward to fear seeing the name of someone who’s been dead for close to a year.

Donny is pitiful!!!!

A message seeking clarification was left late Wednesday for the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders

Sarah is a fat, female Pinocchio without the nose, expecting her to give an honest answer is like expecting God to answer your prayers for the winning Lotto numbers.

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The Donald is doing some good stuff with regards to China trade but to infer that Donny has more integrity than McCain is just crazy...and a little insulting to anyone with active neurons.

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When any of our grandchildren takes a good look at both folks..Trump and McCain, who do you think they will respect more?

They respect McCain? Some people will respect McCain, I personally don’t, I think everyone has the right to their opinion and it should never be silenced. I respect the man for his service to the country, always will, but as a politician, I do not and will always feel so. Now, for the people that don’t like the President, they also have the right to express that view, but I think we all should be respected in our views or at least allowed to express them, I won’t pretend that McCain served the GOP well, I would have felt more comfortable if he would have sided or became a Democrat because so many of his leanings fell into that camp which had nothing to do with conservatism. As far as hiding the vessel. I wouldn’t have done it, the President just has to deal with it, not a big thing.

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Even if the request was made there's no way the US Navy would agree to this. It's akin to disrespecting and destroying the morale of the entire crew of that one ship in the fleet. It's like something that may happen in China or North Korea, but no way US commanders would ever agree to this.

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Hervé L'Eisa

The issue is that Mr. Cheeto had REQUESTED the name be covered up. THAT is not "fake news" but fact as shown by his Twitter posting.

To rant like this, many months after Mr. McCain has been dead and buried shows nothing less than pre-adolescent temper tantrums and is not at all worthy to represent the people of the United States. In fact, for any of these taunts he has given to any of those of whom he disagrees is so blatantly immature shows that he needs to grow up far more than he has so far.

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Asked but didn’t ask. Did but didn’t do. Couldn’t see but was visible. Nonsense article.

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CNN has already widely talked about this point:

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/30/politics/uss-john-mccain-japan-white-house-navy-trump/index.html

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The President is fake, not the news,

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Wall Street Journal invokes the same:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-wanted-uss-john-mccain-out-of-sight-during-trump-japan-visit-11559173470

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Two days after President Donald Trump left, reverberations from his state visit to Japan are still felt. He must be a great President.

do you think hes a great POTUS? as he certainly want to keep the marines in Okinawa

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I respect the man for his service to the country, always will, but as a politician, I do not and will always feel so.

It great that you respect the mans service, do you also respect servicemen taken as POWs? because Trump certainly doesn't respect MCains military sacrifice or his political careerr

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If what you said is true, CNN and WSJ should have already removed the article, 

the question of their credibility is important (is not the case if the current US President)

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@Bass4Funk

If the request from the White House is confirmed. Is it acceptable?

This is quite a simple question.

Please no other answer than YES or NO.

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Trump would deny, in the past, Trump has already said a lot

untruths about his opponents,

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Sounds like some Junior person got above his pay grade in assumptions. A person eager to please ?

That said, when will the original TV Series Dukes of Hazard Car be appearing upon the lawn of the White House ?

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Mentioned in various amercians sources according to the credible Associated Press Agency:

*Not only one** *but :

Three U.S. officials confirmed to The Associated Press that the White House told the U.S. Navy to keep the warship named for McCain, with whom Trump long feuded, out of Trump's sight during the president's visit to a base outside of Tokyo Tuesday.

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The President is fake, not the news

Their ratings tell a very different story.

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If the request from the White House is confirmed. Is it acceptable?

This is quite a simple question.

Please no other answer than YES or NO

I think it is.

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Turned on the BBC News and there was having a rant and meltdown about the Mueller. I guess it will haunt him for his remaining days,

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This story is also reported on the "Stars and Stripes".

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Trump denied to reporters on Thursday morning that he was behind the request to obscure the ship.

"I would never do a thing like that," he said. "Now, someone did it, because they thought I didn't like him. OK? And, they were well meaning, I will say."

He added: "They thought they were doing me a favor because they know I'm not a fan of John McCain."

There goes the "Trump is a big baby" argument.

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According to sources, Trump in office has told 10,000 lies, so how do we actually know when he's telling the truth.

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When I saw the headlines I already thought it's fake news but the haters camp will drag Trump through the mud regardless. It fits their narrative.

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The ship was not named after the Senator.

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Some people will respect McCain, I personally don’t,

And then, not three sentences later:

I respect the man for his service to the country, always will, 

Consistency.

Their ratings tell a very different story.

Ratings have zero to do with credibility.

There goes the "Trump is a big baby" argument.

Nope, he's a big baby. The biggest ever. A huge baby.

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Chip Star: Nope, he's a big baby. The biggest ever. A huge baby.

Yes but, he's a very dangerous baby.

US deserves a true responsible statesman,

not huge liar baby (manipulated by a doubtful entourage)

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Shigoto: Agreed.

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According to sources, Trump in office has told 10,000 lies, so how do we actually know when he's telling the truth

Dunno, the media also said, the President would be indicted, can’t trust them either.

Ratings have zero to do with credibility.

No, they have everything to do with credibility, but if you don’t believe so, it’s ok.

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Some people will respect McCain, I personally don’t, I think everyone has the right to their opinion and it should never be silenced. I respect the man

I'm aware that inconsistency is your bread and butter and that you pivot on your views from one thread to the next, but I think we would all appreciate consistency at least across two sentences.

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If they hadn't bothered Trump wouldn't have even noticed

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The draft dodger doesn't want any reminders of his cowardice.

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LOL! Here is your confirmation right here!

Navy official confirms White House requested USS McCain be kept away during Trump visit

https://news.yahoo.com/navy-official-confirms-white-house-202145207.html

What a loser!

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The sailors on the US McCain were also not invited to the speech. What an unpatriotic loser! :(

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Trump Says He Didn't Know About the Latest John McCain Snub — but Praises Whoever Did It

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/trump-says-didnt-know-latest-205434230.html

What a big unpatriotic loser!

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if this true it woulda been cheaper to put a hood over Trump's head

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Open Minded - If the request from the White House is confirmed. Is it acceptable?

This is quite a simple question.

Please no other answer than YES or NO.

That's not a very open minded request.

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As first reported Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official wrote an email to Navy and Air Force officials about Trump's arrival in Japan over Memorial Day weekend. It included instructions for the proper landing areas for helicopters and preparations for the USS Wasp, the ship on which the president was to speak.

The official then issued a third instruction: "USS John McCain needs to be out of sight," according to the email, which was obtained by the Journal and whose existence was confirmed to The Associated Press.....

.....When a Navy commander expressed surprise at the instruction, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official answered, "First I heard of it as well," the Journal reported. The official said he would talk to the White House Military Office to get more information about the directive, the newspaper reported.

In response to the story, Trump - who feuded with McCain publicly for years and at one point mocked his military service - tweeted that he "was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S McCain during my recent visit to Japan."

It appears that a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official wrote an email to Navy and Air Force officials about Trump's arrival in Japan. Democrats, and their pet media outlets, immediately jumped to the conclusion that Trump must be responsible. No actual proof of this is required, of course.

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As far as discussing Senator John McCain's record, and public service is concerned,  McCain was a public figure, and as such, his record and his life, would/will continue be a topic of public conversation.

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Trump must be responsible. No actual proof of this is required, of course.

If Bill Gates (a real thick skinned billionaire who would be a much better president since he is a better businessman than Trump) were president this would not have happened. Real billionaires have thick skins and it looks like Trump is not even one of these in his fakery like the hair that looks like a dead orange rodant.

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elephant200May 30 04:09 pm JST

Trump is very "Narcissistic", another proof!

CrazyJoe

May 30 04:23 pm JST

What an empty life Trump leads, devoid of anything worth living for.

Whoever in the white house gave the order needs to be fired tomorrow morning; and thrown out onto the street by the secret service with all the networks/cables covering it live.

Trump has no valor, no credentials, no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He should be embarrassed and ashamed of himself, his ego is petty and boundless.  He's not suitable for any social or diplomatic engagements, and he has NOTHING honest or honorable to call his own. He has never worked an honest day in his empty pitiful misbegotten pathetic life and he has no true friends or admirers with any openness or maturity to speak of. He has no redeeming virtues or value whatsoever, none.

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Trump is an entrepreneur-turned conservative politician -- naturally, a Republican by party. The late Sen. McCain was the Republican Paty’s big shot, and so both men must share lots of thoughts in common. 

But why were they at loggerheads over handling U.S. affairs? Why did Trump fire Secretaries of State and Defense Rex Tillerson and James Mattis? Weren't they engaged in a proxy war between the established U.S. military-industrial complex represented by McCain, Tillerson and Mattis on one hand and Trump, a lone wolf, on the other, who is challenging the Washington establishment,?

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But why were they at loggerheads over handling U.S. affairs? Why did Trump fire Secretaries of State and Defense Rex Tillerson and James Mattis? Weren't they engaged in a proxy war between the established U.S. military-industrial complex represented by McCain, Tillerson and Mattis on one hand and Trump, a lone wolf, on the other, who is challenging the Washington establishment,?

Dump is simply trying to enrich himself and family by scamming the uneducated. There is no just cause involved with his actions.

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Ratings have zero to do with credibility.

No, they have everything to do with credibility, but if you don’t believe so, it’s ok.

thats fine because his ratings havent changed much since he was elected and more disapprove of Trump than approve https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

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On 31 May 2019, Rear Admiral Charles W. Brown, the US Navy chief of information provided a statement to some news outlets confirming that a request had been made to “minimize the visibility of USS John S. McCain,” but he did not provide details about exactly what the Navy was asked to do, or who made the request.

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