Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyMexican president on Trump immigration tariffs: ‘America First is a fallacy’ Dow futures plummet after Trump announces new Mexico tariffs Trump announces tariffs on Mexico over immigration MORE said Sunday that it wasn’t “unreasonable” for an administration staffer to ask that the USS John S. McCain be hidden during President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon mayor says UK is ‘on the wrong side of history’ with Trump visit Hickenlooper booed in San Francisco for denouncing socialism Cuomo calls Trump base ‘mostly middle aged angry white males’ MORE‘s Japan visit last week.
Mulvaney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he believes it was a “probably somebody on the advance team” who told the Navy to hide the ship based on the president’s feelings toward late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainNavy says it was asked to ‘minimize visibility’ of USS McCain for Trump visit The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump rattles markets with Mexico tariffs Pentagon chief says military will not ‘become politicized’ amid USS McCain questions MORE (R-Ariz.).
“The president’s feelings towards the former senator are well known,” Mulvaney said, adding that firing someone over the request “is silly.”
“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,” Mulvaney said.
The Navy on Saturday confirmed receiving a request to “minimize visibility” of the USS John S. McCain, named for late senator’s grandfather.
Trump said he did not know of the request but that whoever did it was “well-meaning.”
Trump and the late senator clashed frequently, and the president has kept up his attacks after the Arizona Republican’s death.