By Donald V. Watkins
©Copyrighted and Published on June 2, 2019
Yesterday, the U.S. Navy acknowledged it had received a request to hide a U.S. warship bearing the name of former political rival John McCain from President Donald Trump's view during his visit to Japan last week.
“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," according to a statement from Rear Adm. Charlie Brown, Chief of Navy Information, that the Pentagon released.
The one-paragraph statement did not mention who made the request and a Pentagon spokesperson did not respond to media requests for further information.
Trump gave a Memorial Day address aboard the USS Wasp at Yokosuka Naval Base, south of Tokyo. The McCain was docked there for repairs.
The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that White House officials wanted the guided-missile destroyer to be kept "out of sight" during Trump's visit to Japan, apparently fearful that the president would be upset at having to see the name of the late Arizona senator, a frequent target of the president's anger.
The ship was named after McCain's father and grandfather, both decorated admirals. The Navy added the name of Sen. McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam who emerged from captivity as a war hero, to the ship in 2018, according to the Journal.
Trump is a verified Vietnam War draft dodger. His family’s wealth and status in New York City facilitated Trump’s ability to secure deferments from military service. Today, Trump is the Commander-in-Chief of all U.S. military forces.
During his 2016 campaign for the presidency, Trump regularly insulted John McCain, scores of military Gold Star families (whose loved ones were killed in military action), and various decorated war heroes. Since his election, Trump has continued these gratuitous insults, unabated.
On the international military scene, Trump’s idols appear to be Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korea President Kim Jong Un, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, all of whom are murderous thugs. He also has a strong affinitive for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was implicated in the 2018 brutal murder and dismemberment of U.S. resident and Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.
The former military generals who served in the White House and as members of Trump’s cabinet after he became president are now gone. In the aftermath of their departure, there is no one left in the Trump Administration to serve as a check-and-balance on the President's perpetual impetuous conduct. The only people left in the White House are certified "ass kissers."
PHOTO: The late Senator John McCain (left) and President Donald Trump (right). McCain, who died in 2018, was a war hero and Vietnam War-era POW. Trump was a verified draft dodger and is now America's Commander-in-Chief of all military forces.