The comic relief that emanates from the White House staff would be truly refreshing if it weren’t unintentional and if it were not so sad.

The latest example is the frantic attempt to figure out a way to explain why the USS John McCain (and the sailors wearing that insignia on their hats) should be hidden from the view of their Commander-in-Chief.

One has to laugh out loud when White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney goes on national television and states that the request to keep the ship and crew out of the president’s view was “not unreasonable” given his history with the late Sen. John McCain.

We are talking about a destroyer in the United States Navy. It’s not a car you just move from one parking space to another. Also, in case Mr. Mulvaney has forgotten, Sen. McCain has been dead for nine months.

It’s not as if he would be standing on the bow of the ship tossing a wave (or something more interesting) as the president passes.

So, I think it is “not unreasonable” to expect the president and those who pander to his every whim to somehow rise above the pettiness which is spreading like a cancer throughout the administration. Perhaps it is time to grow up and put aside the insecurities that are guiding so many important and even crucial decisions. The USS John McCain fiasco is minor but symptomatic of what is happening at the highest levels. Tariffs and trade wars, anyone?

Duke Southard, Green Valley

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