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Sailors told to ‘clap like we’re at a strip club’ for Pence’s USS Truman arrival

Vice President Mike Pence steps off of Marine Two Wednesday April 24, 2019. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

The USS Truman’s senior enlisted sailor told servicemembers to “clap like we’re at a strip club” to welcome Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday, a Navy spokeswoman confirmed.

Brendan Ponton, who was on the scene for Virginia television station WTKR to report on Pence’s tour and remarks aboard the ship, tweeted on Tuesday about the instructions the sailors were given.

“We can confirm that this statement was made by USS Harry S. Truman’s Command Master Chief to Truman’s Sailors, prior to the arrival of the Vice President,” Lt. Cmdr. Laura Stegherr told CNN in a statement.

She said the comment was “inappropriate, and this issue is being addressed by Truman’s leadership.”

The Navy’s plan for the Truman calls for the ship to be decommissioned in 2024 when it would otherwise get its midlife refueling. But during his visit, Pence told sailors that the White House would keep the ship, a reversal of the administration’s earlier position.


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