It was recently revealed that while Donald Trump was visiting Japan, his White House gave orders to have the warship USS John McCain “out of sight” while he gave a speech on a nearby vessel. Of course, Donald quickly took to his Twitter account to claim that the reports were “exaggerated” and “fake news.”
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) May 30, 2019
However, the Navy pushed back on Trump’s claim and gave their own statement to make it clear that Trump’s proclamation of “fake news” is the only thing that’s fake.
Chief of Navy Information, Rear Adm. Charlie Brown, said in a statement to CNN, “A request was made to the U.S. Navy to minimize the visibility of USS John S. McCain, however, all ships remained in their normal configuration during the President’s visit.”
Brown also made it clear that the Navy is “fully cooperating with the review of this matter tasked by” acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
Trump addressed reporters on the matter and claimed that he had no prior knowledge of the request, but was still sure to point out that he is “not a big fan” of the late Senator John McCain, and he feels that whoever did make the request was “well-meaning.”
It’s easy to see that Donald was banking on the Navy to bail him out of the situation, but as it turns out, they’re confirming what happened and they have no interest in skewing the facts in Trump’s favor.
“Our business is to run military operations and not to become politicized,” Shanahan told reporters. “I’ll wait until I get a full explanation of the facts before I pass judgment on the situation, but our job is to run the military.”
The short of it is, Trump is busted trying to lie to Americans once again.
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