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Trump says Sarah Huckabee Sanders is ‘having a nervous breakdown’ over McCain

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  • President Donald Trump reportedly joked that White
    House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was “having a
    nervous breakdown,” over his response to Sen. John McCain’s
    death, Bloomberg News reported.
  • Sanders reportedly stared at him after he refused to
    answer whether McCain would have been a better president than
    former President Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008
    election.
  • Trump says he believes he properly honored McCain
    following his death, according to the report.

President Donald Trump reportedly joked that White House press
secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was “having a nervous breakdown”
as she stared at him when he refused to answer whether former
Sen. John McCain would have been a better president than former
President Barack Obama.

McCain, who
died on Saturday
, was the Republican presidential nominee in
2008. He lost the election to Obama.

“I don’t want to comment on it,” Trump said in response to the
question, according to a Bloomberg News
report
 published on Thursday, adding: “I have a very
strong opinion.”

“Maybe I’ll give you that answer some day later,” Trump said.

Trump also insisted that he properly honored McCain after the
longtime senator and Vietnam War veteran died following a long
battle with brain cancer.

The White House lowered its flags to half-staff immediately after
McCain’s death, but raised them back up to full staff Monday
morning. After some blistering criticism from veterans
groups, Trump ordered the White House flags back to half-staff.

Federal code only requires the flag to be flown at half-staff “on
the day of death and following day” for a member of Congress. But
traditionally, US presidents have signed proclamations for flags
to remain at half-staff until a prominent US official is buried.


Meghan McCain John McCain
Meghan
McCain at her father’s casket on Wednesday.


Reuters


As McCain’s body arrived for scheduled memorial services in
Washington, DC, on Thursday evening, Trump headlined a campaign rally in
Indiana.

White House aides reportedly considered the optics of such a
move,
but decided to go through with it anyway
.

McCain and Trump feuded for years over public policy and other
matters.

In 1999, Trump downplayed McCain’s military service and suggested
he was considered an American hero only because he was captured
and held as a prisoner of war for five years in Vietnam.

Trump repeated those remarks during his 2016 campaign.

“We had our disagreements and they were very strong
disagreements,” Trump said to Bloomberg. “I disagreed with many
of the things that I assume he believed in.”

Trump said he does not believe he failed to unite the country
around McCain’s death.

“No, I don’t think I did at all,” Trump said to Bloomberg. “I’ve
done everything that they requested and no, I don’t think I have
at all.”

“I respect his service to the country.”

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