White House asked Navy to hide USS John S. McCain during Trump’s Japan visit: report

White House and U.S. Navy officials confirmed late Wednesday that they had tried to keep the name of the USS John. S. McCain hidden during President Trump’s visit to Japan so that it would not appear in any pictures.

Much has been made of White House staff working to keep their boss calm and Twitter-tantrum-free, and this may have been the motive for a May 15 email between U.S. Navy and Air Force officials that included the line, “USS John McCain needs to be out of sight,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

The ship was named after McCain’s father and grandfather, and his name was added in 2018 just before the late Senator succumbed to brain cancer at age 81.

Trump denied any knowledge that aides had shielded him from seeing the name of the warship during his trip to Japan over Memorial Day weekend.

“I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan,” Trump tweeted. “Nevertheless, @FLOTUS and I loved being with our great Military Men and Women - what a spectacular job they do!”

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Japanese Empress Masako during an Imperial Palace welcome ceremony, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Japanese Empress Masako in a Imperial Palace welcome ceremony Monday, May 27, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump walks during a welcome ceremony with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Japanese Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Japanese Empress Masako during an Imperial Palace welcome ceremony at the Imperial Palace, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Japanese Empress Masako during an Imperial Palace welcome ceremony at the Imperial Palace, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump participates in a welcome ceremony with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Japanese Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Japanese Empress Masako during an Imperial Palace welcome ceremony at the Imperial Palace, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump participates in a welcome ceremony with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Japanese Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Japanese Empress Masako during an Imperial Palace welcome ceremony at the Imperial Palace, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
U.S. President Donald Trump, front left, and first lady Melania Trump, second left, are escorted by Japan's Emperor Naruhito, front right, and Empress Masako, fourth left, during an welcome ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, May 27, 2019. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)
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The Navy “went to great lengths to shield Trump from seeing the ship,” The Washington Post reported.

Trump’s and the late Arizona Republican Senator’s enmity was legion, especially at the end of McCain’s life when he pushed back hard against numerous policy edicts and then made sure the president would not be present at his funeral. 

As recently as March, Trump was trashing the late Viet Nam war hero, former prisoner of war, and elder statesman.

His daughter, Meghan McCain, is left to defend his legacy, and she did so, also via Twitter, with gusto.

“Trump is a child who will always be deeply threatened by the greatness of my dads incredible life,” McCain tweeted. “There is a lot of criticism of how much I speak about my dad, but nine months since he passed, Trump won’t let him RIP. So I have to stand up for him. It makes my grief unbearable.”

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