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John McCain has the right to despise Donald Trump

09 May 2018

But now reports have emerged that Mr Trump has been specifically told not to attend the planned memorial service for Senator John McCain.

The longtime senator and Vietnam War veteran takes particular aim at Trump, who during his campaign dismissed the idea that McCain was a war hero, writing that he "has declined to distinguish the actions of our government from the crimes of despotic ones".

Senator McCain and Mr Trump are both Republicans but have long had a rocky relationship.

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Meghan McCain said Hatch's comments were "just insensitive and again, it's not appreciated at this moment".

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a close friend of Senator McCain and visited him at his Arizona ranch the prior weekend, said the two talked about how the U.S.'s "international reputation is being damaged" under Trump.

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In his comments to CNN, Hatch called McCain a "hero", a reference to his almost five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and said he "will go down in history as a wonderful senator". Trump has also mocked McCain for the injuries he suffered after being shot down and as result of the torture he suffered as a prisoner. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Without a full [Congressional Budget Office] score, which won't be available by the end of the month, we won't have reliable answers to any of those questions". "I wouldn't expect anything to be different for Mr. McCain, Sen".

But there is something even more troubling regarding Trump when it comes to that war. Trump went so far as to call McCain a "dummy" and a "loser" that time. In other words, McCain was demanding something that would ensure the defeat of any attempt to gut ObamaCare.

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Still, a vast majority of Americans, 76 percent, believe that President Trump should cooperate if he's asked to be interviewed for the investigation.

John McCain has the right to despise Donald Trump