By the time the president began his anti-McCain tirade in OH on Wednesday, 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. McCain, an Arizona Republican who had served in Congress since 1983, was a one-time Navy pilot who was North Vietnam's most prominent prisoner of war.
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Trump, over the weekend, sent a series of tweets bashing John McCain for his role in killing a GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, calling out his academic record when he was a student decades ago at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. "McCain", said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. "I'm going to try to continue to help the president".
Trump's criticism of the late senator and war hero came after senior Republican lawmakers offered implicit and explicit criticism of the President for remarks earlier this week attacking McCain.
But speaking up now, "I think it's very fearless of her", Meghan said of her sister. This followed a weekend diatribe on matters ranging from falsely describing how McCain handed the Steele dossier on Russian Federation over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to lying about McCain's Naval Academy class rank.
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On Wednesday, speaking at the tank plant in Ohio, Mr. Trump said he figured it was time to settle things.
Trump approved the use of Air Force 2 to move McCain's remains from Arizona to Washington, DC for the funeral, but did not approve or arrange the funeral itself. He also said he was never "a fan" of McCain and never would be. "I'm surprised that he's doing it", he said on CNN.
"I just want to lay it on the line, that the country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better".
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci called the president's public criticism of McCain "stupid, " while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that McCain was a "rare patriot and genuine American hero". McCain lay in state at the US Capitol - a decision made by congressional leaders, not Trump - before his burial previous year.