The quintessential Ugly American arrived in England on Monday, where it didn’t take long for him to hurl insults at London’s mayor. But presumably his mood will be lightened by the absence of any American vessels bearing the name John McCain.
The Pentagon confirmed that a Trump flunky in the White House ordered the Navy to keep the USS John McCain “out of sight” when Trump visited Japan last week, to protect the president’s eggshell ego and minimize the odds of a meltdown. A normal commander-in-chief – armed with an adult sensibility and mindful of the military’s nonpartisan tradition – does not need to be coddled that way, but, as we know by now, this particular guy routinely puts petty above country.
Indeed, Trump has defended the unnamed aide’s McCain-dissing directive: “Somebody did it because they thought I didn’t like him, OK? And they were well-meaning.” (Trump dislikes McCain, but he likes Kim Jong Un, who murdered his own uncle. Think about that.)