WASHINGTON — Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is reminding civilian Defense Department employees and service members not to engage in political activity while on the job.
Shanahan sent memos to civilian and military leaders Tuesday saying their mission to protect and defend the nation remains apolitical.
The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military, amid a furor over a Trump administration order to have the Navy ship named for the late Sen. John McCain hidden from view during a presidential visit.
He says service members must avoid actions that imply Pentagon approval of political candidates or causes. He says civilians should avoid any political activity while on-duty or in federal buildings.
Trump says he had nothing to do with a White House directive to hide the ship bearing the name of the late senator.