After McCain Debacle, Shanahan Dispatched Aide To WH To Deliver Warning

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan gestures while speakings to members of the media aboard a military plane prior to his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Shanahan spoke about the US-Mexico border after visiting the El Paso, Texas area. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, pool)
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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan dispatched his chief of staff on Friday to warn the White House to stop politicizing the military, according to a Monday Associated Press report. 

The message follows an incident where someone at the White House — President Donald Trump claims ignorance — asked for a warship named for McCain and his family to be hidden from view during Trump’s trip to Japan.

Shanahan also reportedly talked to Cindy McCain, the late senator’s wife, over the weekend.

Trump has seemed less perturbed by the incident, gleefully unloading his dislike of the senator’s memory.

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