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Thu May 30, 2019, 10:10 PM

McCain Warship Incident Raises Questions About A Changing Military Culture Under Trump


By Dan Lamothe, Missy Ryan and Paul Sonne
May 30, 2019 at 6:49 PM EDT

A dust-up over who directed and knew about White House efforts to obscure the USS John S. McCain ahead of President Trump’s visit to Japan has raised new questions about whether the military’s culture is changing under a president who has challenged institutional norms.

White House and Pentagon officials suggested Thursday that lower-level staff had been trying to satisfy the political predilections of the president without high-level orders. Navy officials Wednesday confirmed that a member of the White House staff sent a message to military officials in the Pacific asking them to keep the destroyer out of photos when Trump made a troop visit to the Japanese port of Yokosuka over Memorial Day weekend.

In remarks Thursday at the White House, Trump repeated his dislike of Sen. John McCain, a fellow Republican who emerged as a strong critic of the president before his 2018 death. But Trump denied ordering any steps to hide the ship, which is named for McCain’s grandfather and father, both admirals, and the senator from Arizona.

“Somebody did it because they thought I didn’t like him, okay? And they were well meaning,” he said. “I didn’t know anything about it. I would never have done that.”

Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan also denied that he knew about the effort to keep the USS John S. McCain in the background. However, it is not clear who else in Shanahan’s office might have known or whether it was kept from Shanahan, whose nomination must still be confirmed by the Senate.

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Reply McCain Warship Incident Raises Questions About A Changing Military Culture Under Trump (Original post)
RCW2014 May 2019 OP
Valishin May 2019 #1
Gunslinger201 May 2019 #2
quad489 May 2019 #3
Bob the Bilderberger May 2019 #4
rahtruelies May 2019 #5

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 01:15 AM

1. It is hardly a new aspect

of military culture to design dog a pony shows based on the assumptions of what the high profile visitor would prefer, that's been SOP for as long as the military has been around. It's an expectation of junior level officers to be on the watch for the little details and have them mitigated before anyone knows about them. The more little details they miss the more it hurts their career progression.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 02:18 AM

2. There is no "changing" Military Culture under Trump

The Warrior Class has always scoffed at the SnowFlakes and the Girly Men Liberals

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:35 AM

3. Comical claim, given the change that Obama did with all his transgender crap........................

"McCain Warship Incident Raises Questions About A Changing Military Culture Under Trump"

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 06:47 AM

4. Now he needs to remove the females from submarines

A stupid policy that only raised the ire of the wives and girlfriends of the guys on board.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:49 AM

5. faux news alert

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