President Donald Trump once again fueled his tiff with the family of the late Sen. John McCain after he was called out by McCain’s daughter for castigating the dead Senator on Twitter.
“I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be,” Trump told reporters according to The Hill in the Oval Office when asked why he continues to attack McCain even seven months after his death.
The president made his statement while sitting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday. The president said that he was “very unhappy” with the late McCain because of the senator’s “disgraceful” vote that sank congressional Republicans’ effort to repeal ObamaCare among “other things” that have angered him.
McCain and Trump had an antagonistic relationship while the senator was still alive, and Trump ratcheted up the feud with the family when he called out McCain for his involvement with the controversial Steele dossier.
Trump is once again feuding with a member of the McCain family, this time the subject pivoted to the issue of the late Sen. John McCain and his possible interference with the Steele dossier, which was used to spy on the Trump campaign.
“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.’ Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel, Trump tweeted on Saturday.
“He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!
Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
Shortly after the president’s tweet, the late senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain replied to his slight with an insult of her own, which appears to be what Trump was responding to with his Tuesday comment:
“No one will ever love you the way they loved my father….” McCain said. “I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?”
No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine? https://t.co/q7ezwmHiQ4
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 16, 2019