Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his late friend, Sen. John McCain, against attacks from the president again on Thursday, telling reporters that McCain shouldn’t be “anything less” than a war hero.
“John McCain was a war hero, should be treated as a war hero, anything less than that is beneath anyone who doesn’t treat him that way,” Biden said in his home state of Deleware on Thursday.
“He was a friend of mine,” he added. “We argued like the devil, as I said in my eulogy. We loved each other, but we argued like the devil. But we still abided by the same value system, and that’s why I love John McCain, and that’s why we need a lot more John McCains.”
Watch the video below:
Joe Biden: "John McCain was a war hero and should be treated as a war hero. Anything less than that is beneath anyone who doesn't treat him that way" pic.twitter.com/q5KxzatEpD
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 30, 2019
Trump targeted the late senator Thursday morning following a report that someone in his administration asked the Navy to put the USS John S. McCain “out of sight” for the president’s visit to Japan.
“I don’t know who did it. We’ll probably be able to find out who did it,” he told reporters on the White House lawn. “They thought they were doing me a favor because they know I’m not a fan of John McCain.”
Trump repeated multiple times to reporters that he didn’t like the late senator and “never will,” and he criticized his positions on health care, veteran care, and U.S. involvement in the Middle East.
Watch the video below:
"I don't know what happened. I wasn't involved. I would not have done that … I was not a big fan of John McCain in any way, shape or form," Trump says when asked if it's fair that the sailors of the U.S.S. John McCain were banned from hearing him speak https://t.co/VLLWonHslG pic.twitter.com/tGVBCsGXQ3
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 30, 2019
Trump has attacked McCain multiple times since his death nearly 10 months ago, from criticizing his college academic record to complaining he never got thanked for McCain’s funeral.
McCain was one of Trump’s toughest critics and one of the only Republican lawmakers who dared to disagree with him publicly.
Biden and McCain had plenty of spats of their own while the Arizona senator was alive. At McCain’s funeral last year, Biden called the spats “family fights.”
“Out of this grew a great friendship that transcended whatever political differences we had or later developed because, above all, we understood the same thing,” Biden said in his eulogy at the time.