Arizona Senator John McCain passed away over the weekend at the age of 81 after a lengthy battle with a glioblastoma. McCain spent much of the final months of his life bucking the Republican Party by repeatedly calling out President Donald Trump for what he saw as immoral statements and actions.
Now, Trump is attempting to get revenge it seems, as reports are coming in that the president refused to submit to pressure from his aides to honor McCain with a statement commemorating the senator.
USA Today reported that Trump rejected the idea of sending out a lengthy statement about McCain in which he was to call him a hero, instead opting to post a short tweet in which he made no mention of McCain’s character. He made this decision despite pressure from members of his administration like Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Chief of Staff John Kelly to release the statement, which discussed McCain’s military service and his decades in the Senate.
Trump supporters claim they love how Trump always tells it like it is. They believe that releasing that statement would have seemed disingenuous to him, since it was no secret that he had no love for McCain.
He opted for a short tweet rather than a lengthy statement:
“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” Trump wrote on Saturday.
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
What do you think about the way Trump handled responding to McCain’s death? Was it a classless move, or understandable given the rocky relationship between the two men?