Trump’s mild response to Navy crash blamed on McMaster

Instead of learning about Monday’s collision of an oil tanker with the USS John McCain from his staff, President Trump first heard about it from a question shouted at him from the press pool.

“That’s too bad,” was his mild response, which is now being broadcast to the world as yet another indication that it’s time for him to be impeached.

Breitbart News reported on this story after news of Trump’s unfortunate comment made its way throughout news outlets and social media, receiving scathing indictments from every direction.

According to the One News outlet now run by a former White House staffer still on the side of the American people, “Senior staff at the White House, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, did not brief President Donald Trump on the collision the Navy destroyer USS John McCain had with an oil tanker near Singapore before he originally seemingly dismissed the incident, saying, ‘That’s too bad.'”

After receiving more information about the Navy collision, in which five sailors were injured and another ten are still missing, the president tweeted that he hopes the best for the lost sailors.

 

Along with well-wishes for the missing and injured sailors, Trump posted a link to the press release from the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21,” the press release states:

There are currently 10 Sailors missing and five injured. Four of the injured were medically evacuated by a Republic of Singapore Navy Puma helicopter to a hospital in Singapore for non-life threatening injuries. The fifth injured Sailor does not require further medical attention. The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore. The ship is currently sailing under its own power and heading to Changi Naval Base. At this point, no fuel or oil is visible on the water’s surface near the ship. Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities. In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, RSN Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant (97), RSS Resilience (82), RSN helicopters and Singaporean Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (55) are currently in the area to render assistance. An MH-60S helicopter from the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) is in the area providing search and rescue assistance. An additional MH-60S helicopter and MV-22 Osprey are expected to arrive soon. Alnic MC is a Liberian-flagged 600-foot oil and chemical tanker with a gross tonnage of 30,000. Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft. Damage control efforts continue while the extent of damage is being determined. The incident will be investigated.

“What went wrong is the president was not briefed and was not kept abreast as the incident developed,” a 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 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.”

Several White House spokespersons did not respond to a request for comment from Breitbart News.

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