By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel) Executive Branch: The press shouted questions at President Donald J. Trump regarding the latest naval accident at sea, this time involving the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, which collided with an oil tanker on Sunday.
What an uncaring asshole, right?
Trump’s response set off yet another media-generated shit storm that has no bearing whatsoever on the truth — or on Trump’s true feelings regarding the incident or the military.
But to the disgustingly dishonest “mainstream” media, it’s wash, rinse, repeat when it comes to disparaging Trump.
The truth of the matter is, as Breitbart News is reporting, no one on his staff, including National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, had yet bothered to brief him on the severity of the collision. As of this report, 10 sailors are missing and the warship is now docked in Singapore, with “significant damage” to its port-side, aft, hull.
The site noted:
“That’s too bad,” Trump said when responding to shouted press questions about the collision of the USS John McCain with an oil tanker, per a White House pool report earlier in the evening.
Many took the comment to be disrespectful and something that critics would not let previous presidents get away with.
But later, after he was actually briefed, the president tweeted out that he is hoping for the best for the missing sailors:
Breitbart noted further:
A source with direct knowledge of these matters told Breitbart News that the original mishap from Trump that caused the “that’s too bad” flap comes because senior staff originally kept the president in the dark about the incident. The source specifically fingered new chief of staff Gen. John Kelly and embattled National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster. Kelly is a retired four star Marine General who served later as President Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security before his promotion to White House chief of staff. McMaster is an active duty three star U.S. Army Lieutenant General.
“What went wrong is the president was not briefed and was not kept abreast as the incident developed,” the source with direct knowledge told Breitbart News late Sunday evening.
“This is part of a bigger pattern of growing evidence of disrespect for the president and manipulating the information that is given to him similar to the decision with Afghanistan,” the source continued. “The blame for this rests solely on the shoulders of two individuals — General H.R. McMaster and General Kelly — both of whom as flag officers should know better than to keep the commander-in-chief in the dark on these types of issues.”
The collision was the second involving a ship from the Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided in waters off Japan.
The Fitzgerald’s captain was relieved of his command and other sailors were being punished after the Navy found poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to the collision, the Navy announced last week.
Trump has the near-universal respect and adoration of the U.S. military, most of whom are well aware of his respect for them. They’re not going to instinctively believe this media-generated BS.
Having said that, it is incumbent on his national security staff to keep the commander-in-chief fully apprised of all situations involving the military, in real time — not when they f##king feel like getting around to telling him.
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