White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney went on Meet the Press and was asked about the demand that the name of the SS John McCain be covered up so Trump wouldn’t see it on his trip to Japan. He offered this utterly inane defense of that demand:
With the U.S. Navy confirming that a “request was made” to “minimize the visibility” of the USS John S. McCain ahead of President Trump’s visit to Japan last month, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted on Sunday that it was a member of the White House advance team that asked for the ship to be moved. “The fact some 23- or 24-year-old person went to that site and said, ‘Oh my goodness, there’s the John McCain, we all know how the president feels about the former senator, that’s not the best backdrop, can somebody look into moving it?’” Mulvaney said on Meet the Press. “That’s not an unreasonable thing to ask.” The White House official added that it’s “silly” to think someone would be fired over this, noting the president’s feelings towards McCain are “well known.”
Uh, yes. In the real world, this was an entirely unreasonable thing to ask. But Trump is not a reasonable man and those around him know that and they go out of their way to pander to his worst, most juvenile and petty traits (which is pretty much all of them).