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Eric Shawn: President Trump and Senator McCain
Behind the complex and contentious political history.
President Trump decided against releasing an official White House statement on sen. John McCain, after his death, two administration sources confirmed to Fox News.
The statement would have praised him for his decades of service and his heroism as a Vietnam war POW. White house chief of staff John Kelly, the spokesman of Sarah Sanders and other senior pushed all the helpers for such a statement, the would be hero McCain.
The President, however, reject the statement and instead issued a short tweet on Saturday evening, after the legendary Arizona Republican senator’s death.
The tweet, which said, “My deepest sympathy and respect go to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”
My deepest sympathy and respect go to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
The decision on the statement was first reported by The Washington Post.
Trump the decision speaks to the long-standing feud between the two men that dates back to when Trump as a candidate, said McCain was a war hero and seemed to blame him taken prisoner during the Vietnam war. McCain endured five years in captivity, an experience that later, his views formed, as a senator, on interrogation techniques. Known as the Senate, the “maverick” McCain often buckelte party ideology, earned him praise on the democratic side of the aisle, and also criticism from his own party, but he remained an influential voice through his battle with a brain tumor. He ran twice for President and the Republican party’s presidential candidate in 2008.
Tribute of McCain, meanwhile, streamed out of the other world leaders and statesmen including former us presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
“A few have been tested by us, such as John once was, or to show required the kind of courage that he did. But we can all aspire to the courage, the said more good on our own,” Barack and Michelle Obama in their statement.
“In a time filled with cynicism about national unity and public service, John McCain’s life shone as a bright example. He has not shown us that boundless patriotism and self-sacrifice of outdated concepts or cliches, but are the building blocks of an extraordinary American life,” Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement.
McConnell also announced that McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
Serafin Gomez is a White House Producer for FOX News Channel, which is also in the election of 2016 as a special events & politics producer and former special correspondent for Fox News Latino. Fin formerly worked as the Miami Bureau Producer for Fox News Channel, where he covered Florida politics & Latin America. Follow him on Twitter: @Finnygo