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Trump says he had nothing to do with covering up USS McCain's name

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By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: May. 30, 2019 2:38 pm Updated: May. 30, 2019 2:52 pm

President Donald Trump says he had nothing to do with the USS McCain's name being covered up ahead of his recent visit to Japan.

Trump has been highly critical of McCain, even after his death. Answering questions from reporters, Trump said the request to obscure the ship's name came from "well-meaning" White House staffers, ABC News reports.

A tarp was placed over the ship's name for a time, but upper-level Navy officials reportedly demanded its removal.

"I don't know what happened," Trump said in an ABC News interview. "I wasn't involved. I would not have done that. I was very angry with John McCain because he killed health care. I was not a big fan of John McCain in any way, shape or form.

"Now, somebody did it because they thought I didn't like him, OK? And, they were well-meaning. I didn't know anything about it. I would never have done that."

McCain's daughter, Meghan, spoke out about the controversy Thursday on ABC's "The View."

“The president’s actions have consequences and when you repeatedly are attacking my father and war heroes it creates a culture in the military where people are clearly fearful to show my father’s name in one way or another,” she said. “And that, I think, that is what has started this chain of events and actions.

“I don’t blame the people in the military. I have nothing but respect for people who serve.”

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