Report: WH wanted USS John McCain moved for Trump Japan trip

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A new report says the White House wanted the U.S. Navy to keep a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain "out of sight" for President Donald Trump's recent trip to Japan.

The Wall Street Journal, citing a May 15 email, reported Wednesday that a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official detailed plans to Navy and Air Force officials for Trump's arrival.

One directive said: "USS John McCain needs to be out of sight." The official said he would talk to the White House military office to get more information on the directive.

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Trump has tweeted that he "was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan."

Trump had a rocky relationship with McCain, who died last year.

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