Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Trump defends his public response to McCain's death: 'We had our disagreements'

Trump defends his public response to McCain's death: 'We had our disagreements'

John McCain (R-AZ) would have been a better President than Barack Obama.

"No, I don't think I did at all", he said in the interview with Bloomberg News. "I have a very strong opinion, all right", teasing "maybe I'll give you that answer some day later".

The president's behavior following Senator John McCain's death has not even been appreciated by those close to him.

What was perhaps one of the stranger sections of the interview was when Trump claimed that he had done everything to respect McCain that "they requested" - basically an admission that he had been forced to pay respects by his aides.

"We had our disagreements and they were very strong disagreements".

Dale subsequently tweeted this is pretty clear confirmation from Trump that his reporting was accurate, but he added, "I won't be commenting on the source of the leaked quotes".

He joked Sanders was "having a nervous breakdown" over the exchange.

After McCain's death on Saturday at age 81, Trump's responses have been heavily criticized. It wasn't until Monday that Trump issued a longer statement on the late senator saying that he respected McCain's service.

Trump and McCain had a rather contentious relationship, dating back to the time Trump suggested the senator was only considered a war hero because he had been captured while serving in Vietnam, adding that "he likes people that weren't captured".

While McCain's body was transferred to Washington DC on Thursday evening for scheduled memorial services, Trump pressed ahead with a campaign rally in IN at the same time. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Obama were also asked to speak. He was of course there to recognize McCain's years of service, but also to call out the "dishonorable service" of President Trump, who he also called a "coward".

I overheard another group of visitors contrasting McCain's "statesmanship", with Trump's "showmanship". Defense Secretary James Mattis, Kelly and National Security Advisor John Bolton will represent the Trump Administration.

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