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Trump reportedly doesn’t regret saying McCain was ‘not a war hero’

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Donald Trump speaks to the Ohio Republican Party State Dinner,
Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • President Donald Trump reportedly doesn’t regret saying
    Sen. John McCain was “not a war hero.”
  • McCain has ended medical treatment for brain cancer,
    his family announced Friday.
  • Amid the outpouring of public support for McCain, Trump
    has remained noticeably silent. White House officials
    reportedly said Trump doesn’t want to speak out before McCain
    dies.

President Donald Trump has occasionally told people he doesn’t
regret his notorious 2015 remark that Sen. John McCain of Arizona
was “not a war hero,” The Washington Post reported
on Saturday.

McCain and his family announced Friday that the senator has
ended medical treatment for
the brain cancer he has battled for more than a year.

Amid an outpouring of public support from Republicans and
Democrats alike, Trump has been noticeably silent about the
Arizona Republican. White House officials even told The Post that
Trump does not want to talk about
McCain
before he dies.

Trump has also been disinvited from McCain’s
funeral
, according to a New York Times report in May.

McCain and Trump have had a famously bitter relationship in
recent years, and McCain has frequently criticized Trump on a
host of issues, ranging from Trump’s rhetoric towards immigrants,
his decisions on White House personnel, and his
most recent behavior on the international stage at July’s
Helsinki summit with Vladimir
Putin.

Perhaps the most well-known instance of hostility between the two
men came during a campaign event in Iowa more than three years
ago, when Trump prompted outrage by saying that McCain’s capture
during the Vietnam War — during which he was tortured and
imprisoned for five years — meant he wasn’t a hero.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “He’s a war hero
because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

Though politicians from both parties condemned the remarks and
suggested Trump apologize, he never retracted the statement.

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