14:37 GMT19 April 2021
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    The White House requested the US Navy to hide the USS John McCain so that US President Donald Trump wouldn't have to look at the ship during his visit to Japan over Memorial Day weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported on 30 May.

    Сhief of Navy information Rear Adm. Charlie Brown has confirmed in a statement that there was a "request" to the US Navy "to minimise the visibility of USS John S. McCain", but noted that "all ships remained in their normal configuration during the President's visit" when commenting on the recent report of the WSJ. 

    According to the statement, there were also "no intentional efforts to explicitly exclude sailors assigned to USS John S. McCain".

    Social media users have posted controversial remarks on the matter online.

    ​​Some activists even have brought a cardboard version of the ship to the White House fence. 

    ​It remains unknown who made such a request, as both the US President and US Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan denied any involvement in the situation, saying that they were not "aware of the situation". 

    READ MORE: US Navy Was Ordered to Move USS John McCain Out of Trump's Sight — Reports

    "I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan", Trump said on Twitter.

    Shanahan's spokesman stated that the defence secretary "was not aware of the directive to move the USS John S McCain nor was he aware of the concern precipitating the directive".


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