By Associated Press. Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain Wednesday, even claiming credit for the senator’s moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked.
By the time the president began his anti-McCain tirade in Ohio, several leading Republicans had signaled a new willingness to defy Trump by defending the Vietnam War veteran as a hero seven months after he died of brain cancer. One GOP senator called Trump’s remarks “deplorable.” . . .
“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted,” Trump told reporters at a campaign-style rally in Lima, Ohio. “I didn’t get (a) thank you but that’s OK.” (Read more from “Trump Aims New Blasts at McCain” HERE)
McCain Institute Counters Trump Criticisms With Factsheet About Senator
By The Hill. The McCain Institute on Wednesday night rebutted a number of criticisms levied by President Trump in recent days, providing one of the most extensive renunciations of the president’s rhetoric on the late senator’s behalf.
The think tank, which operates in partnership with Arizona State University, distributed a lengthy fact-sheet that expanded on McCain’s military service, his track record on veterans issues and the Iraq War and his views on ObamaCare and immigration.
The document appeared to be a direct response to Trump’s latest wave of criticism directed at McCain, who succumbed to brain cancer last August.
After taking aim at McCain via Twitter over the weekend, Trump on Wednesday unleashed a torrent of criticism of McCain during a White House event in Ohio that was ostensibly to promote manufacturing. The president took aim at the Arizona Republican over his vote against a Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare, his support for the Iraq War and his connection to a dossier of Russia-related allegations against Trump. (Read more from “McCain Institute Counters Trump Criticisms With Factsheet About Senator” HERE)