Thursday, may 30, in his interview with reporters, Donald trump commented on the scandal with the USS McCain — a destroyer named for the late John McCain and his father and grandfather. On the question of journalists, whether he knew about the request of the White house to clean up the ship before the arrival of the President at the base, where it is located, trump said that «had not the slightest idea and never would that is not asked».
However, the current head of state, did not apologize for the actions of an employee of the administration, saying that he probably sent the request, knowing the dislike of the President to the Senator, who died of a brain tumour in August 2018.
«He probably thought me a favor because I know I’m not a fan of John McCain,» — said trump and added that he was «very angry» at the Senator, when he «destroyed the health care» not allowing Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act during a vote in 2017.
McCain’s daughter, Meghan, has already commented on his words.
«He died nine months ago, but trump still does not allow the Pope to rest in peace — and I have to stand on his defense. she wrote on Twitter — It makes the pain of loss unbearable.»
So what happened to the USS McCain?
According to the Wall Street Journal, the request to remove the destroyer prozvuchala correspondence of the Indo-Pacific command of the U.S. armed forces (USPACOM) with the U.S. Navy and air force from may 15. In their emails, the representative of the USPACOM reported the claims received from the military management of the White house, before the arrival of the President at the Yokosuka base in Japan, where he planned to give a speech. Among the directives given — «remove out of sight the USS John McCain».
According to White house sources, senior officials of the naval fleets of Japan and Hawaii, having considered the request, unanimously decided that «all ships will remain at their usual places».
«It is incredibly difficult to cope when your father <…> constantly in the news because of the obsession of the President the fact that he will never be as great. added McCain later on the TV show «The View» < … > it is Strange to grieve so strange to say goodbye to my father it is.»
The President has repeatedly criticized McCain both before and after his death. Among other things, trump was outraged by the lack of gratitude for what he provided to the deceased, «funeral, which he wanted», and believed that the Senator, five and a half years stayed in captivity in Vietnam, «was not a war hero».
Despite the fact that in captivity, McCain was repeatedly tortured, he refused the offer to exchange myself for the Vietnamese soldiers captured by the Americans, because they believed that it would undermine the spirit of co-workers that did not have the connections of his family.