Robert Gehl reports that President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain have effectively declared war against each other.
On Tuesday morning, Trump warned McCain that he would “fight back” after McCain delivered blunt criticism of “nationalist” forces that most saw as an attack on Trump.
“People have to careful, because at some point I fight back,” Trump told WMAL radio host Chris Plante. “I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won’t be pretty.”
McCain shot back at Trump, saying “I’ve faced far greater challenges than this.”
In response to Trump's threat, McCain had this blunt response: "I’ve faced far greater challenges than this" https://t.co/nFo24e0dDe
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) October 17, 2017
Here’s what McCain said – at an awards ceremony – that got the whole thing started:
“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history,” he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, on Fox & Friends, Kellyanne Conway had argued that McCain’s comments were not directed at Trump.
“Well, I just don’t see that in the president’s agenda or in his philosophy. His moorings are conservative, and he is governing as a center-right president who believes that we pay too much in taxes, that we’re over-regulated, that we have not taken terrorists seriously,” she said.
Trump was then asked about the remarks on the radio show.
Trump, asked about McCain on @ChrisPlanteShow: "I'm being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won't be pretty."
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) October 17, 2017
Trump and McCain have never been fond of each other. On the campaign trail, Trump quipped that McCain was “no hero” and that he liked “heroes who weren’t captured.” McCain spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Recently, McCain has been a roadblock to many of Trump’s efforts, including the now-famous “thumbs down” on repealing Obamacare.
He also said:
“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.”
Clearly, McCain is not fazed or affected by Trump’s criticism. He’s got terminal cancer and is going to do what he wants to do, no matter what Republicans or President Trump or anyone else says.
What do you think? What should President Trump do about John McCain. He’s not up for re-election and he’s probably not going to run again. Sound off below!