President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences to the family of Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday at age 81. Some of Trump’s most explosive remarks in his campaign came early on in July 2015, when he mocked the senator’s time as a tortured prisoner of war in Vietnam. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said of McCain, prompting widespread backlash.
The president’s public jabs at his fellow Republican only became more frequent after McCain — who had just returned to Washington following his brain cancer diagnosis — turned his thumb down on the Senate floor last year to help sink his party’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In numerous public appearances since, Trump has criticized McCain for his vote, often without naming him.
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018