WASHINGTON – The chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee said he plans to take President Donald Trump to task over his recent attacks on the late Sen. John McCain.
“I just want to lay it on the line, that the country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better, I don’t care if he’s president of United States, owns all the real estate in New York, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world. Nothing is more important than the integrity of the country and those who fought and risked their lives for all of us,” Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) told The Bulwark in an interview published Wednesday.
McCain, an Arizona Republican, died last August at age 81 of complications related to brain cancer. He served in the Senate for three decades and was the GOP nominee for president in 2008.
McCain was a former naval aviator and decorated Vietnam Veteran. He spent five-and-a-half years in a North Vietnamese prison camp after his plane was shot down over Hanoi in October 1967.
The bad blood between McCain and Trump emanates from a July 2015 Family Leadership Summit where Trump said of McCain’s wartime service: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
In August 2016, The New York Times reported that Trump received four draft deferments while a student in college and upon graduation in 1968 received an additional deferment due to foot problems.