President Donald Trump cannot stop talking about John McCain, who died last August after a battle with cancer. But his most bizarre comments on the late Arizona senator came Wednesday when he told a crowd that he “didn’t get a thank you” for McCain’s funeral.
Trump was speaking to an audience at a tank manufacturing factory in Lima, Ohio, when he made the remarks. He began by blaming McCain for pushing the Iraq War, saying that “he was calling President Bush all the time, saying, ‘Get into the Middle East, get into the Middle East.'”
Moments later, Trump made his astounding remark.
“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this, I didn’t get ‘thank you,’ that’s OK,” Trump said. “We sent him on the way, but I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.
“The press keeps asking, ‘What do you think of McCain?'” he added. “Not my kind of guy, but some people like him, and I think that’s great.”
Watch the video below, via ABC News:
While resuming his criticism of late Sen. John McCain, President Trump says that he gave McCain the "kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve," and he "didn't get a thank you," but "that's OK" https://t.co/aKnO5PgCPx pic.twitter.com/O5X1Y4ZMXK
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McCain’s body lied in state at the U.S. Capitol and the Arizona Capitol after his death. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both spoke at his memorial service in Washington, D.C., and former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at his funeral in Arizona.
Trump’s back-and-forth with McCain obviously pre-dates the senator’s death. McCain derailed Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare. Last weekend, Trump took to Twitter to criticize McCain for the Obamacare failure and for his supposed role in the Russia dossier.
A few Republican senators have come to McCain’s defense as the president has been attacking the iconic lawmaker who was once the GOP’s nominee. Among them was Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), who called Trump’s remarks “deplorable” and added that “it will be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again, and I will continue to speak out.”