Trump denies ordering USS John S. McCain fiasco

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So Trump says he didn’t know the Navy was ordered to cover up the insignia of the USS John S. McCain, berthed in sight of his activities on other Naval ships, while he was in Japan. News reports are saying the White House told the Navy to cover up anything that said “John McCain” on it. Sailors were told they couldn’t wear their Navy caps that included the ship’s name. Anything that could remind Trump of McCain was ordered covered up.

That begs some serious questions.

Who in the White House, *not in the chain of command*, can order the Navy around?

How far down the White House hierarchy does this capability go?

Why did the Navy comply?

Is this common practice for the Department of Defense?

Can the Vice-President order the Pentagon around?

Can the Speaker of the House, or the Senate Majority Leader?

Really, the Joint Chiefs need to explain how this happens.

The President is the Commander-in-Chief, but White House minions are not. If Trump didn’t order something, how can someone not in the military, and not in the chain of command, give an order in his name?

This will cycle out of the news quickly, but it’s an important issue. I hope it’s not swept under the rug and ignored.

P.S.

The covering of asses has begun:

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The Republicans Hate You (via Queer Landia)

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Pentagon Study Released: Camo can be fab (via Queer Visalia)

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Pentagon Study Released: Camo can be fab It’s official.  Allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the Armed Forces of the United States will not destroy the military. The Department of Defense today released it’s study on the implementation of repealing the mis-named “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue” policy. The report has been endorsed by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, and by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. President Obama today urged … Read More

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