Trump’s Initial Response to Crash of USS John McCain Left Reporters, Navy Baffled

At 5:24PM ET Sunday afternoon, the USS John S. McCain, a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, collided with a Liberian merchant vessel off the coast of Singapore.

According to a statement by the U.S. Navy, ten sailors on board are still missing, and search and rescue efforts are underway. Five sailors were injured in the collision, four of whom were medically evacuated to a Singapore hospital.

While the ship suffered damage to its port side, it was able to sail back to port at Changi Naval Base in Singapore on its own.

When asked about the collision on Sunday, President Trump initially had an oddly muted response, saying only:

“That’s too bad.”

That didn’t go over well.

Some saw it as a staffing failure.

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