Did the White House Try to Hide the USS John S. McCain?

Playing Meghan McCain Livid Over Alleged White House Attempt to Hide USS John McCain

Meghan McCain is livid over that troubling report that the White House tried to hide a destroyer named the USS John S. McCain during the president's visit to Japan.

“The president is so obsessed with the fact that he's never going to be a great man like he was,” Meghan said Thursday morning on “The View.” 

According to The Wall Street Journal, the White House sent an order to the Navy that “USS John McCain needs to be out of sight.” 

The ship is named for late Sen. John McCain's father and grandfather, though last year the Arizona senator was added as a namesake shortly before his death. 

The report claims the name was first covered with a tarp and then a barge was parked across the bow, hiding the name. They were removed before the Trumps' visit.

President Trump and the first lady landed on the deck of another warship, docked nearby.

Sailors from other ships were invited to attend, save for the crew of the USS John S. McCain; they were reportedly banned because they typically wear hats emblazoned with the name of the ship.

"When several sailors from the McCain showed up anyway, wearing their uniforms with the ship's insignia, they were turned away,” the New York Times reported. 

Joe Biden, a good friend of the McCain family, weighed in, telling CNN, “John McCain was a war hero. He should be treated like a war hero.”

But Trump said he had nothing to do with it.

“Somebody did it because they thought I didn't like him. They were well-meaning, I will say that, but I would not have done a thing like that,” the president said Thursday morning in the White House driveway as he spoke to reporters. 

“I wasn’t a fan of John McCain or never will be, but I couldn’t care less that there is a boat named after his father,” he added. 

His attitude really got to Meghan, who says the crew of the McCain is being unfairly punished because of Trump's feud with her father.

“People are fearful to show my father's name in one way or another,” she said. “If you're a sailor on this ship, you think there's going to be retribution. I think it's horrible.”

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