REPORT: White House Told Navy To Keep Warship USS John McCain Out Of Trump’s View During Japan Visit

The Associated Press reports:

The White House wanted the U.S. Navy to keep a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain out of President Donald Trump’s view during his trip to Japan, three U.S. officials said Wednesday.

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. Sailors on the USS John S. McCain, who usually wear hats with the ship’s name on it, were given the day off when Trump visited.