Donald Trump briefed as search continues for seven sailors missing after US warship crashes near Japan

The White House has been briefed on the seven American sailors who are missing and unaccounted for after the Navy destroyer they were stationed on collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan.

“Thoughts and prayers with the sailors of USS Fitzgerald and their families. Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance,” Donald Trump tweeted.

The USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, took on water after the collision, but was able to be tugged back to the shore. Search crews are looking for the missing sailors in the waters where the contact occurred, and damaged parts of the ship will also be searched once the ship is safely docked, officials say. The ship was 56 nautical miles southeast of the Japanese port city of Yokosuka.

“Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the Sailors,“ Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US…

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