Ernst Mildly Swats At President On McCain: 'I Don't Appreciate It'

Muriel Colon
March 22, 2019

President Trump unleashed new attacks against the late Sen.

President Trump did not receive an invite to McCain's Washington, D.C., funeral, while both former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush eulogized the longtime lawmaker. One GOP senator called Trump's remarks "deplorable".

Trump recalled the controversy over McCain's memorial services during his remarks Wednesday, claiming that he "gave him the kind of funeral he wanted" but "didn't get a thank you". "I didn't get 'thank you.' That's OK", Trump continued.

The president also complained that McCain had turned over the so-called Steele dossier to federal authorities during the 2016 presidential campaign instead of alerting Trump himself.

But Trump, as is his pattern, has personally targeted McCain as well, including mocking him for being captured while fighting in the Vietnam War.

McCain's allies suggested it was time for that to change. But I wasn't a fan of John McCain. "They must speak up".

"I think it's very courageous of her", said McCain.


He also dug into McCain's now-famous vote against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Trump was furious, and it showed even in the days after McCain's death last August.

On Tuesday, Trump falsely accused McCain of misleading the White House over how he would vote. After public outcry, the White House flags were again lowered. McConnell tweeted, "His memory continues to remind me every day that our nation is sustained by the sacrifices of heroes". Other Trump opponents also rushed to capitalize.

"I'm not the only child in my family", she said.

"I don't care if he's president of United States, owns all the real estate in NY, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world, nothing is more important than the integrity of the country and those who fought and risked their lives for all of us", Mr. Isakson told The Bulwark, a website and podcast. Later, Isakson called Trump's remarks "deplorable". "I can't stop the President, what I can do is say Mr. President - I don't appreciate it".

Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who was just elected to a six-year term, said on Twitter, "I can't understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain". John McCain wanted, marking his latest grievance in his recent onslaught against the Arizona Republican. "I do want to thank the American public for all the decency and compassion that they have given us". "Everyone should give him and his family the respect, admiration, and peace they deserve". But this week, Trump seemed to inspire a new determination among some to draw a line, however delicately.

The late senator's widow, Cindy McCain, publicized hateful messages she's been receiving since Trump's tweets, and daughter Meghan McCain has continued to respond to the President online and on ABC's "The View", where she's a co-host. McCain hurt him more than they hurt the legacy of Sen. And John McCain got it. "So John McCain loved it". Democratic leaders, meanwhile, were eager to jump into the uproar.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Twitter he will re-introduce his legislation to rename the Russell Senate Office Building after McCain, whom he called an "American hero".

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