Trump rejected praise for McCain's heroism

Glen Norman
August 27, 2018

His family has said he did not want Trump to attend his funeral service, where former presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak.

Like many others, Trump took to Twitter to share a brief but honest note about the late Arizona senator and former GOP presidential candidate.

"As renegotiations get underway, it's important for the administration to recognize NAFTA's many contributions and not impose new barriers that could harm our ability to trade with our closest neighbors", he said in a written statement a year ago.

With McCain set to be honored in Arizona's Capitol, GOP Governor Doug Ducey said in a tweet, "This is a rare and distinct occurrence for a truly special man".

When Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in June 2015, suggesting that many Mexican immigrants were criminals and "rapists", McCain denounced him for using language that "fired up the crazies".


"Even now, for all the successes of NAFTA, we have to defend it without equivocation in political debate, because it is critical to the future of so many Canadian and American workers and businesses", he said. McCain was the deciding vote in Trump's Obamacare repeal push, and has spoken out numerous times regarding Trump's comments and actions towards Russian Federation.

"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain", President Trump wrote. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he tweeted instead.

However, her opponent Kelli Ward, who frequently criticized McCain for not stepping down after his diagnosis, mused in a Facebook post that his announcement about discontinuing treatment was timed to distract from the kickoff of her statewide bus tour.

"It seems that every day, there's a sordid new revelation or allegation involving Donald, and it doesn't look likely to stop anytime soon".

The flags at the White House, which were lowered over the weekend to mark the death of Sen. "John McCain will cast a long shadow".


John McCain's death in office has handed Arizona's governor an empty Senate seat to give out - and a hard political puzzle to solve before he does.

US Senator John McCain, the Vietnam war hero turned presidential candidate has died. Bush bested him in the 2000 Republican primary and Obama won the presidency in 2008 against McCain. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said McCain's support for the Jewish state "never wavered. And we just have a couple of people that stand up and say, 'This guy, he served his country, '" McCain said.

Critics on Saturday blasted for president for the seemingly superficial nature of his words for McCain.

Trump and McCain were at odds until the end.

"And yet through it all he never lost sight of what he believed most: Country First".


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