In a tragic turn of events, ten U.S. Navy sailors have gone missing and five are injured after the USS John McCain destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.
Upon his return to the White House, Trump responded to the news by telling reporters, “That’s too bad.”
"That's too bad," the commander-in-chief said https://t.co/T44En1IFSw
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 21, 2017
Despite the tepid display of concern by the President, an extensive search and rescue operation is currently underway as U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopters and Ospreys, along with Singaporean tugboats, navy ships, coast guard vessels, and helicopters, have been mobilized.
Our first priority is determining the safety of the ship and crew. As more information is learned, we will share it. https://t.co/E7j7CvKE2b
— Adm. John Richardson (@CNORichardson) August 21, 2017
The incident comes on the heels of Trump’s impending address to the nation at 9 p.m. Monday night, in which he is expected to announce a surge of as many as 4,000 new troops into Afghanistan. This move, however, would come in sharp contrast to Trump’s statements dating back to 2011, in which he staunchly opposed military intervention of any kind in that country.
A likely justification for this abrupt change of heart is the fact that Trump is looking for a distraction upon returning from what is believed to be the most damaging week of his presidency. The President’s failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis at two separate rallies – in Charlottesville, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts – has upended the West Wing and led to a slew of high-profile criticisms.
The fact that Trump can’t be bothered to even feign distress at the prospect of several U.S. navy sailors’ lives being lost, while at the same time preparing to send thousands more Americans overseas is a testament to just how self-serving this man truly is.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.