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Meghan McCain says President Donald Trump won't continue to physically mock her father, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), following a phone call she had with the president.
McCain said she was “deeply hurt” by a report saying Trump had been “physically mocking” the senator by imitating the “thumbs down” gesture he made during the Senate's vote on the Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. McCain's vote against the bill, along with those of Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), effectively killed it.
McCain was left permanently crippled by injuries suffered while a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and cannot lift his arms above his shoulders. He was also diagnosed with brain cancer last year.
“He actually reached out to me,” Meghan McCain said of Trump on Politico's “Women Rule” podcast:
"We had a very nice conversation. I feel comfortable going forward, if he would say or do anything in the realm of talking about my father's war injuries or, you know, something in that nature, I don't believe he would go there again.
I don't think at this point in his administration it would be beneficial to him in any way. It's very, very difficult. I don't understand it. I don't understand the contention."
During the 2016 campaign, Trump said of the former presidential candidate: “He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured.” McCain said in an interview with “60 Minutes” last fall that Trump never apologized for the remark.
Meghan McCain said she hopes for “more respect” between lawmakers moving forward.
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