White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted that they hid the USS John McCain from Trump because they knew he didn’t like McCain.
White House Admits They Hid The USS McCain From Trump
Mulvaney said on Meet The Press, “An advance team is hundreds of people. You know this better than anyone. You’ve been overseas with the President Of The United States. The fact that some 23 or 24-year-old person on the advance team went to that site and said oh my goodness, there’s the John McCain. We all know how the president feels about the former senator. Maybe that’s not the best backdrop. Can somebody look into moving it? That’s not an unreasonable thing to ask…The president’s feelings toward the former senator are well known. They’re well known throughout the office. They’re well known in the media, but to think you’re going to get fired over this is silly.
Mulvaney: "The president's feelings towards the former senator are well known." pic.twitter.com/kohFeQflaU
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 2, 2019
Trump’s feelings come before the troops
As Democratic presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg said, “It sends the message that once again our troops are going to be treated as props. We’re talking about an active duty United States military asset, a naval vessel, and the sailors who serve on it, and to hold it against them. For the White House to believe the president’s ego is so fragile that for his protection — for his emotional protection — they have to basically mask the fact that [USS McCain] is in service shows you just how far out of whack the priorities of this White House are.”
This is a White House where Trump’s feelings come ahead of the troops, the country, and all else. In any other administration, the staffers who disrespected those who serve on the McCain would be fired. If the Trump administration, they are heroes who are rewarded, because they placed Trump’s feelings ahead of the good of the country.
It is embarrassing that this is what the presidency has become under Trump, and it is even more shameful that Mick Mulvaney would go on national television and defend disrespecting those who serve our country.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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