Shanahan Tries To Beat Back McCain Story: ‘I Would Not Have’ Ordered That

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 26: Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing regarding the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the ... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 26: Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing regarding the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense, March 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump has asked for a Pentagon budget of over 700 billion dollars for the 2020 budget. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 31, 2019 12:22 p.m.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has found himself at the center of the firestorm over the White House’s reported request for a ship bearing the late Sen. John McCain’s name to be hidden from view during President Donald Trump’s Japan trip.

Shanahan has directed his chief of staff to look into the situation, according to a Politico report.

“Our business is to run military operations and not to become politicized,” he said during a press conference in Singapore. “Our job is to run the military.”

“I would not have moved the ship, I would not have given that direction, so I’ll just wait to see what’s reported back,” he added.

President Donald Trump also claimed ignorance of the directive, though he called the person who made the order “well meaning” and let his many complaints about the late senator fly at a press gaggle Thursday.

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