Ah, it never ends does it?
So basically The Wall Street Journal has been banging on about some claim from somewhere that the White House per President Trump’s request wanted the USS John McCain “out of sight” for when the President made his visit.
The WSJ also reported Wednesday that a tarp was put in place to cover the ship’s name.
According to @WSJ, a tarp and a barge were used to cover the USS John McCain’s name. The ship is named on behalf of three generations of McCain vets, including the former senator, who was often criticized by Trump. Trump denied knowledge of the cover-up.https://t.co/rEu2HD6zqi— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) May 30, 2019
Then a few media outlets, “journalists” and your all round anti-Trumper circulated the image of the USS John McCain with a tarp covering the name of the ship.
Petty, childish, & unbefitting of our Commander-in-Chief. Trump’s inability to rise above selfish political rivalry to honor our war heroes & respect their countless sacrifices is inexcusably disrespectful to our brave men & women in uniform. https://t.co/9kuU49tH2b— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) 30 May 2019
The President of the US and Defense Secretary should be defending America from Russia, not working to hide a military ship because if has the name John McCain. McConnell and Republicans in the Senate, you are pathetic, you are weak, you are unpatriotic.https://t.co/eiCDMTojTh— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) 30 May 2019
Is the claim true?
Of course not, this is the mainstream media we are talking about.
The picture was from Friday.
A spokesperson for the Pacific Fleet even confirmed the image is from Friday and the tarp was taken down on Saturday.
“We didn’t do anything to obstruct the name of the ship. The Wall Street Journal piece refers to a photo of a tarp covering the ship, that photo was taken Friday, May 24, the tarp was removed the following day”
“All ships remained in normal configuration during the President’s visit” CDR Nate Christensen said.
However, we have not yet been able to definitively verify the accuracy of the core claim contained in these reports nor verify these emails came from officials. This is because we have not seen the email correspondence in question.
We just gotta take their word for it.
The Wall Street Journal also reported that acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan knew of the White House’s concerns and approved military officials’ efforts to obscure the name. But a spokesman for Shanahan, speaking to reporters Thursday in Indonesia, denied that account.
“What I read this morning was the first I heard about it,” he said.
Army Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino, a spokesman for defense secretary Patrick Shanahan, said the defense secretary “was not aware of the directive to move the USS John S. McCain, nor was he aware of the concern precipitating the directive.”
On Thursday morning, Patrick Shanahan told reporters, “in terms of ship movements, the only ships I’ve moved is the USS Abraham Lincoln,” a reference to recent US military moves to pressure Iran.
The Wall Street Journal also reported that a barge had been moved so as to obscure the name of the ship. Also not true, one official said: “the barge had been there regularly. At one angle, you might not have seen the ship’s name, but the name was visible at all times.”
The ship was not moved nor was anything done to obscure John McCain’s name. This was confirmed as well by Cmdr. Clay Doss, a spokesman for the 7th Fleet.
The US Navy’s chief of information, Rear Adm. Charlie Brown, also tweeted Wednesday night that the name had been visible.
“The name of USS John S. McCain was not obscured during the POTUS visit to Yokosuka on Memorial Day,” Brown said in a tweet. “The Navy is proud of that ship, its crew, its namesake and its heritage.”
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.— Navy Chief of Information (@chinfo) 30 May 2019
President Trump tweeted Wednesday night that he was “not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain.”
I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan. Nevertheless, @FLOTUS and I loved being with our great Military Men and Women – what a spectacular job they do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 30 May 2019
Speaking to reporters on Thursday morning before leaving the White House, President Trump said that although he “is not a big fan” of McCain, he wouldn’t have supported moving the ship, obstructing it or covering the name.
Trump then tweeted: “The Navy put out a disclaimer on the McCain story. Looks like the story was an exaggeration or even Fake News – but why not, everything else is!”
The Navy put out a disclaimer on the McCain story. Looks like the story was an exaggeration, or even Fake News – but why not, everything else is!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 30 May 2019
So there it is folks, another ridiculous made up story from the mainstream media debunked…again.
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