President Trump continued his attack on the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Wednesday throughout a speech to employees at an Army tank plant in Ohio– knocking the deceased legislator for his support of the United States’ wars in the Middle East and his infamous vote versus reversing and changing the Affordable Care Act.
After touting his administration’s progress in combating the Islamic State in Syria and the U.S.’s current economic successes, Trump tore into McCain’s legacy and in an uncommon remark, took credit for the late senator’s state funeral service in Washington late last year.
” I backed him at his demand, gave him the sort of funeral service he desired, which as president of the United States I needed to approve,” Trump stated. “I don’t care, but I didn’t get a thank you.”
” I never ever liked him much,” Trump said. “I really most likely never will.”
The president then happened with a laundry list of grievances he’s held versus McCain– from an ally of the late senator reportedly turning over the so-called Steele dossier to the FBI to his support for American intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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” We’re in a war that McCain pressed for so difficult,” Trump stated. “We’re correcting it out, however it’s been a disaster.”
Previously in his speech, Trump plugged his administration’s progress against ISIS and held up a chart revealing territory managed by the terror group on Election Day in 2016 compared with present day.
” Since today there is none, the caliphate is done as of tonight,” he stated.
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The president’s current criticism of McCain and his legacy has rankled numerous members of his own Republican celebration– with numerous GOP legislators speaking up in defense of the late Arizona senator.
” Today and every day I miss my buddy John McCain,” Senate Bulk Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tweeted. “It was a blessing to serve along with a rare patriot and real American hero in the Senate. His memory continues to advise me every day that our country is sustained by the sacrifices of heroes.”
Trump’s feud with McCain go back to well before he was chosen president.
In 2015, after McCain had actually said Trump’s platform had “fired up the crazies,” Trump mocked McCain’s jail time in the Vietnam War, stating: “I like individuals that weren’t captured.”
The 2 continued to be at chances till McCain’s death from brain cancer in 2015.
While Trump had remained peaceful about his dislike of McCain given that the senator’s death, over the weekend the president renewed his attacks on McCain and blasted giving the FBI the uncorroborated Steele dossier declaring that Moscow held jeopardizing details on Trump.
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” Spreading out the phony and absolutely rejected File ‘is regrettably a very dark stain versus John McCain.’ Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel,” Trump tweeted. “He had far even worse “discolorations” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and change after years of marketing to rescind and change!”
Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has actually been one of the most singing critics of the president’s attacks on McCain– stating earlier this week that “America deserves much better” which nobody “is above common decency and regard for individuals that risk their life for your life.”
” I simply desire to lay it on the line, that the nation should have better, the McCain family is worthy of better, I do not care if he’s president of United States, owns all the realty in New york city, or is developing the greatest immigration system in the world,” Isakson stated. “Nothing is more essential than the stability of the nation and those who combated and risked their lives for everyone.”
Megan McCain, the late senator’s daughter and a co-host on ABC’s “The View,” tweeting early Wednesday “As my dad constantly used to say to me – Illegitimi non carborundum”– a mock-Latin aphorism loosely equated as “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” She followed up on “The View” by saying her father “would believe it was so humorous that our president was so envious of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death.”
Fox News’ Adam Shaw added to this report.