1. Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Indonesia Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu shake hands, applause
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick Shanahan, US Acting Defense Secretary:
(Reporter: "Could you talk to us about the U.S.S. John McCain? Did the White House indeed request that it be hidden from view or camoflaged in any way? Did you know about it and what do you think of this?"
Shanahan: "Let me just tell you, when I read this morning, it was the first I'd heard about it. But in terms of ship movements, the only ships I've moved is the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. I need to find out a little bit more. I've just had the first glimpse of it this morning."
U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is visiting Indonesia on Thursday. He had meetings with President Joko Widodo and Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu.
Shanahan was asked about a report that the White House wanted the U.S. Navy to keep a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain out of President Donald Trump's view during his trip to Japan.
As first reported Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official wrote an email to Navy and Air Force officials about Trump's arrival in Japan over Memorial Day weekend. It included instructions for the proper landing areas for helicopters and preparations for the USS Wasp, the ship on which the president was to speak.
The official then issued a third instruction: "USS John McCain needs to be out of sight," according to the email, which was obtained by the Journal and whose existence was confirmed to The Associated Press.
In response to the story, Trump - who feuded with McCain publicly for years and at one point mocked his military service - tweeted that he "was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan."
In Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday morning, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters, "When I read about it this morning, it was the first I heard about it." Asked if he would investigate, Shanahan said he would need to know more first.