Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia said not only the McCain family but the nation "deserves better" than Trump's disparagement. At an event in Ohio, Trump repeated his complaint that McCain voted against his legislation to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and argued that McCain was not supportive of military veterans.
If there was an undercurrent to all of it, it was a persistent belief by Trump that he was not receiving his due - not from the media, not from politicians - for the way the last two years have proceeded.
During a takedown of President Trump, tied to his less-than-glowing comments about her father, the late Sen.
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Trump had tweeted furiously this weekend quoting former independent counsel Ken Starr regarding McCain's involvement in pushing the discredited Steele dossier.
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In a tweet on Sunday, Trump criticised McCain for his role in the Russian Federation investigation and voiced frustration with his deciding vote against repealing the repeal of Obamacare in 2017. I don't think I have to answer that question, but the press keeps - 'What do you think of McCain?
Trump later showed no signs of letting the McCain dispute fade away.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised McCain in a tweet today that didn't mention the President or his criticisms. They want me to work with the president where I can. So I would say to the president or anybody in the world, it is time to pause and say that this was a great man who gave everything for us.
He said he probably "never will" like McCain, because "John McCain received a fake and phony dossier".
"Everyone should give him and his family the respect, admiration, and peace they deserve", she wrote on Twitter. The message also attacked her daughter, Meghan McCain, criticizing her appearance and saying she hopes she "chokes to death".
The South Carolina Republican did defend McCain over the weekend, tweeting that "he stepped forward to risk his life for his country, served honorably under hard circumstances, and was one of the most consequential senators in the history of the body". However, he expressed opposition to naming the Russel Senate Office Building after McCain, saying that the proposal by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to do so was "playing politics".