President Donald Trump ignored a number of shouted questions about the late Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) after an Oval Office conference call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Trump sat behind the Resolute Desk with his arms crossed as White House aides attempted to usher the press out of the Oval Office.
ABC News Chief White House Correspondent, Jonathan Karl, could be heard repeatedly shouting questions about McCain, but Trump sat in silence.
Watch the video below, via CBS News:
Reporter: Mr. President, any thoughts on John McCain? Any thoughts on John McCain, sir?
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 27, 2018
“Mr. President, any thoughts on John McCain? Any thoughts on John McCain, sir?” Karl can be heard asking. “Any thoughts on the legacy of John McCain?”
“He heard me but did not answer,” Karl wrote in a tweet after the exchange.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) August 27, 2018
With the exception of a two-sentence Saturday evening tweet, Trump has remained largely silent on the passing of the senior senator from Arizona and decorated Vietnam War veteran.
In the early stages of his presidential campaign, Trump denigrated McCain’s service during a stop in Iowa. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said at the time. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
Trump’s relationship with McCain never improved much beyond that. While signing a bill named for the senator from Arizona just weeks before he would pass away after an extended battle with brain cancer, Trump avoided ever using McCain’s name.