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After undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, Senator John McCain received some unique well wishes from the White House.
Despite the two having a long history of bickering –– Trump questioning McCain's war hero status during the 2016 campaign and McCain being a frequent critic of Trump's leadership — the president wished him a speedy recovery.
President Trump told reporters, “I can tell you, we hope John McCain gets better very soon, because we miss him.”
He added that Senator McCain is a “crusty voice in Washington” and the GOP needs his health care vote. The comment was met with some laughter from the audience.
Of course, people on social media also had to laugh at the “crusty” comment:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the health care vote, which was set to take place this week, when news broke of McCain's surgery on Sunday night.
Without McCain's vote, the bill was likely to not pass, given previous opposition from Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Susan Collins (R-ME). However, we learned last night that the bill gained more opposition from Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), eliminating any chance of passage — with or without McCain's vote.
When the word of their opposition got out, McCain gave his two cents from his hospital bed:
Looks like McCain's work is cut out for him upon his return.