Defense Secretary warns White House after Japan trip that military ‘will not be politicized’

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A new directive from the acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan reportedly takes aim at the Trump White House after a controversial move during the president’s recent trip to Japan.

After reports surfaced that the White House requested that the U.S. Navy move a ship bearing the name of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain prior to Trump’s arrival. The two Republicans regularly butted heads and Trump has continued to nurture his grudge since McCain’s death from brain cancer last year.

According to spokesperson Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, the Pentagon was not pleased with the administration’s request.

Shanahan reportedly “directed his chief of staff to speak with the White House military office and reaffirm his mandate that the Department of Defense will not be politicized.”

Buccino further confirmed that the “chief of staff reported that he did reinforce this message.”