After her husband said in 2016 during a Republican primary event that McCain was “not a war hero,” Melania Trump agreed, Lewandowski told Business Insider.
While then-candidate Donald Trump was receiving calls to apologize, Melania Trump reportedly stood by her husband’s remark.
“As we walked in the door, Mrs. Trump was waiting for us,” Lewandowski said. “She said: ‘You’re right. John McCain isn’t a war hero. What he has done for the veterans has been shameful.'”
Melania Trump’s office, however, pushed back on that claim, calling it “inaccurate.”
“Mrs. Trump respects and values all service men and women who have served and are currently serving our great Nation,” her office told Insider in an email.
Donald Trump said in 2015 of McCain, a former prisoner of war, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” The feud between the two began many years ago.
McCain’s former chief of staff recently told MeidasTouch the late senator “thought Trump was an a**hole and he thought he was an idiot.”
Talking on the moment Donald Trump suggested McCain was not a “hero,” Woods said during a CNN interview that it “did not bother [McCain] in the least. He was just, like, ‘OK, whatever.’”
McCain also responded to Donald Trump’s comment in July 2015, saying on the “Today” show, “The great honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes,” adding, “I’m not a hero. … Those that inspired us to do things that we otherwise wouldn’t have been capable of doing. Those are people that I think he owes an apology to.”
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