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Statement on the Deaths of Sailors on the USS John S. McCain Guided-Missile Destroyer

August 22, 2017

It is with great sadness that we learned today of the United States sailor fatalities following the August 21st collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and a merchant vessel, which occurred east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. As the Navy begins the process of recovering our fallen sailors, our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends. We are grateful for the rescue and recovery efforts of the officers and crew of the USS John S. McCain, the Malaysian Coast Guard, Royal Malaysian Navy, and Royal Singaporean Navy. The Department of Defense will conduct a thorough and complete investigation of the incident.

Donald J. Trump, Statement on the Deaths of Sailors on the USS John S. McCain Guided-Missile Destroyer Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/330960

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