The seven sailors that were missing after a collision between the US. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald with a Phillippine container have all been found dead.
Their bodies were discovered in the flooded berthing compartments where the ship had taken on damage after arriving in port.
“As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision this morning, the missing sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments,” the 7th Fleet said in a statement this evening. “They are currently being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified.”
“The statement continues: “The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time. The names of the sailors will be released after all notifications are made.”
Several Navy families are responding in utter outrage on social media over the fact that President Trump has been tweeting all day about Sean Hannity and Cuba, instead of speaking more about the incident.
So far, it’s been 29 plus hours since the incident first occurred and Trump hasn’t said a single thing about it.
Trump was also criticized for leaving several key posts unfilled, including a Navy secretary and ambassador to Japan.
Failure to appoint those key officials created a communications disaster while the search for the seven missing sailors took place along the east coast of Japan.
The US hasn’t had an ambassador to Japan since Caroline Kennedy left the post in January.
Even some Trump supporters were mad about the sheer lack of an adequate response.
“I support Donald Trump, but why did it take you so long to say/tweet about this disaster and the 7 missing sailors.”
To be fair, Trump did tweet out “thoughts and prayer” to the sailors mentioned to be missing, but it was too little, too late. He’s currently enjoying his first trip to Camp David and taking the weekend off, as usual.
President Trump, Melania and Barron, in soccer gear, leave WH for a 'Father's Day' weekend at Camp David.
God Bless you & your family❤️ pic.twitter.com/vZcr4kmaiC
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) June 17, 2017
And – just three hours before the deaths were confirmed, Melania Trump tweeted out just how much fun they were having at the retreat: Barron, POTUS, and I enjoying beautiful Camp David!”
At the time of this writing, the Trump administration still hasn’t issued a response to their deaths.