The media breathlessly reported that President Donald Trump ordered the USS McCain be kept “out of sight” during his visit to Japan, suggesting that the president is petty and vindictive.
“The White House wanted the USS John McCain ‘out of sight’ for Trump’s visit to Japan. A tarp was hung over the ship’s name ahead of the trip, and sailors—who wear caps bearing the ship’s name—were given the day off for Trump’s visit,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
However, it didn’t take long for the anti-Trump narrative to completely fall apart.
Hours later, the Navy Chief of Information began the process of setting the record straight.
“The name of USS John S. McCain was not obscured during the POTUS visit to Yokosuka on Memorial Day. The Navy is proud of that ship, its crew, its namesake and its heritage,” the account tweeted.
President Trump later weighed in on the issue, confirming that he had nothing to do with asking that the ship be kept out of sight.
“I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan,” Trump tweeted. “Nevertheless, @FLOTUS and I loved being with our great Military Men and Women - what a spectacular job they do!”
Trump later clarified his position, saying someone in the government made the request without his knowledge. He called the individual “well-meaning” but misguided.
"To me, John McCain, I wasn't a fan," Trump said. "But I would never do a thing like that.”
However, don't expect the media to correct its reporting on the matter. Their only interest was in making Trump look bad on the global stage.