Remember the Time Trump Wanted the Navy to Hide the USS John McCain?
It's a thing that happened.
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1. He Is Who We Thought He Was
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Now, on to politics stuff.
Remember when President Trump visited Japan and there was that weird stuff about the Navy hiding the destroyer John McCain so Trump wouldn’t have to look at it?
The year is 2019 and Trump is touring Japan. He visits the Yokosuka Naval Base and is scheduled to give a speech aboard the Wasp.
The Navy suddenly gives the entire crew of the John McCain, which is stationed at Yokosuka, leave for the day. The sailors from the McCain were not invited to Trump’s speech, as members of other ships’ crews were. Some of the sailors from the McCain showed up to the speech anyway. They were in uniform, which had the McCain’s insignia. They were turned away.
The White House requested that the ship be moved during Trump’s visit, so that he would not have to see it.
After the existence of this request became public, all hell broke loose: Everyone involved denied any prior knowledge of it. Trump claimed he didn’t know about it, but