Trump’s Response To USS John S. McCain Collision Was Just Heartless

It’s common knowledge that Donald Trump is a self-obsessed narcissist, but he also considers himself to be somewhat of a patriot, so when the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision on Sunday evening with an oil tanker near the mouth of the Strait of Malacca en route to Singapore, an incident that left 10 sailors missing and another five injured, one would expect the President of the United States to have some compassionate words.

But that wasn’t to be the case. Instead, President Trump had a simple three-word reaction for journalists — “That’s too bad.” The Commander in Chief reportedly didn’t even offer any further comment for the media, instead taking to his preferred platform, Twitter, to send his condolences to those involved in the collision, offering the stock-standard “thoughts and prayers” response, but very little else.

It is unknown whether the President had been briefed prior to commenting on the incident, but regardless, neither his comments to the media or those he later tweeted showed anything that came even remotely close to true compassion.

According to the US Navy, the USS John S. McCain, based in Yokosuka, Japan, sustained damage to its port side after colliding with the merchant ship, the accident reported at 5:24 am Monday local time, as the destroyer passed the entrance to one of the world’s most congested shipping routes, the Strait of Malacca. Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center, claims the oil tanker also involved in the incident would have been at least three times larger than the USS John S. McCain.

“Oil tankers are huge and it takes miles for them to change course,” Schuster said. “When you’re going into a congested channel, you’re supposed to be very alert, track ships around you to a very meticulous degree.”
This latest incident occurred just two days after the senior officers of the USS Fitzgerald, another destroyer based in Yokosuka, were relieved of command following a similar collision in June.

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