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Trump has been silent about McCain amid news of halted treatment

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Sen. John McCain,
President Donald Trump.

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  • President Donald Trump reportedly won’t comment on
    ailing Sen. John McCain while he’s still alive, according to
    White House officials.
  • The Washington Post reported after McCain’s
    announcement he would be stopping treatment for brain cancer,
    administration officials were given no direction to
    comment.
  • This is the latest icy moment in the two leaders’
    ongoing tense relationship.

President Donald Trump’s fraught relationship with Senator John
McCain will continue in the face of the senator’s declining
health, as Trump refuses to comment on McCain while he’s still
alive, according to White House officials.

McCain’s family announced
Friday
that he would stop receiving medical treatment for his
brain cancer, which prompted an
outpouring of support
to his family from all sides of the
political spectrum.

But Trump has been notably silent on McCain amid the news, and
White House officials told The Washington Post that
Trump does not want to comment before McCain dies.

Since Trump was announced as the Republican nominee for the 2016
US presidential election, he and McCain, the 2008 Republican
nominee, have publicly traded barbs over
McCain’s voting down
 the GOP healthcare plan, last
year’s
riots in Charlottesville
, McCain’s military service, and
Trump’s absence from the
Vietnam War
.

A nearly 20-year-old video of a CBS interview with anchor Dan
Rather recently resurfaced, which shows Trump promising he was
absolutely
serious
” about one day running for president, and taking hits
at McCain’s capture and imprisonment in Vietnam.

“Does being captured make you a hero?” Trump asked. “I don’t
know, I’m not sure.”

The tension showed no signs of softening even through McCain’s
diagnosis of brain cancer last summer. Indeed, it has grown
harsher throughout the past year, culminating in July with
McCain’s vehement condemnation of Trump’s behavior at a Helsinki
meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, which
McCain called
“one of the most disgraceful performances by an
American president in memory.”

A former senior administration official told The Post that Trump
was often upset McCain appeared as the “good guy” in the public
eye while he was painted as the “bad guy.” Publicly, Trump has
begun ignoring McCain completely.

McCain is in his sixth term as a US senator and, though he has
been absent from the Senate during much of his treatment over the
past year, remains a prominent face of the Republican party in
image and policy. Most recently, McCain’s work as Chairman of the
Senate Armed Services Committee lead to a bill for increased
military spending.

Trump held a public signing for the bill, which is officially
named the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act For
Fiscal Year 2019. Despite picking out several individual
politicians who were responsible for the bill,
Trump neglected
to mention McCain’s name at all.

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