The president says he had nothing to do with the White House's plan to relocate the USS John McCain during his visit to Japan.
This was the second crash involving aircraft belonging to the USS Ronald Reagan in less than a month.
Before, some sailors were forced to choose between their hair and their service.
News comes a day after Trump agrees to drop sanctions against Chinese telecom giant ZTE.
The two vessels sailed close to the Paracel Islands on Sunday -- a move likely to anger Beijing.
The embattled Veteran Affairs nominee will fight allegations of past unprofessional conduct, a White House official said.
Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling characterized Trump's call to troops as "off-kilter."
Crash may have been linked to engine trouble.
“It’s time to wake up,” the Arizona senator declared.
“It’s outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated.”
"So I guess Trump's speechwriter forgot to mention that 'Top Gun' is a Navy movie?"
No fatalities have been reported so far, but that seems likely to change.
The departure of Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin is expected to come two days after the destroyer John S. McCain collided with a tanker near Singapore.