President Trump said Thursday that people who took steps to conceal the USS John McCain during his overseas trip were “well-meaning” but that their actions were ill-advised and he had nothing to do with it.
“Somebody did it, because they thought I didn’t like him, OK?” he said. “They were well-meaning, I will say. I didn’t know anything about it. I would never have done that.”
Mr. Trump was reacting to a report in the Wall Street Journal that said the ship was hidden from view during his Memorial Day weekend visit to Japan.
The Wall Street Journal said the request, citing a May 15 email to U.S. Navy and Air Force officials, grew out of “conversations between the White House Military Office and the Seventh Fleet of the U.S. Navy.”
Some of the email recipients expressed surprise at the request, the Journal reported, while Meghan McCain said the president’s continued griping about her father “makes my grief unbearable.”
On Thursday, Mr. Trump reiterated he wasn’t fond of the longtime lawmaker because of his role in thwarting the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare from moving forward in 2017.
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