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Trump Says U.S. Aircraft Carrier Design Is ‘Wrong,’ Plans Overhaul

Donald and Melania Trump in Yokosuka on May 28.
Donald and Melania Trump in Yokosuka on May 28.Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Donald Trump told U.S. troops stationed in Japan he plans to order traditional steam powered catapults aboard American warships instead of newer electromagnetic systems that he said may not work as well during wartime.

Trump polled the sailors and Marines on the USS Wasp on steam versus electric catapults Tuesday during a visit to the the Yokosuka naval base south of Tokyo, the biggest overseas U.S. naval installation.