WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The widow and daughter of John McCain on Wednesday criticized President Donald Trump and his online supporters for their repeated attacks on the former US senator, Republican presidential candidate and hero of the Vietnam War. who was tortured for five and a half years. war prisoner.
Seating Wednesday to an employee of an Ohio tank factory, Trump again hammered McCain.
"So, I have to be honest, I never liked it," Trump said. "I probably will probably never do it. But there are some reasons for that. "
Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late Senator, spent the past few days defending her father and politely criticizing Trump. On Wednesday, she said the president had reached "a weird new low – attacking someone who is not here is a new low."
She also said, "If I had told my father … he would think it was so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the cycle of". actuality in death ".
Just six months after McCain's death, Trump began Sunday's latest exchange between him and the McCain clan in a burst of tweets, including a "last-in-class" striker (John McCain) (Annapolis) .
A spokeswoman for Meghan McCain said that she was not immediately available for further comments.
Cindy McCain, the senator's widow, sarcastically exhorted his supporters on Twitter to "see how a stranger can be kind and loving" and shared them an online message from someone who described John McCain as " a traitor element of hawkish shit and I'm happy he's dead. "
On Tuesday, addressing reporters from the oval office sitting alongside the Brazilian president, Trump added, "I have never been a fan of John McCain and I will never be."
The tweets and sound phrases sparked a whirlwind of McCain and pro-McCain attacks on social media, like the one that Cindy McCain shared, and a discussion on cable TV.
Without wanting to reprimand Trump, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in a tweet, "Today and every day, I miss my good friend John McCain. It was a blessing to serve alongside a rare patriot and true American hero in the Senate. "
Republican Senator Johnny Isakson was more critical. In an interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting on Wednesday, he described Trump's comments about McCain as "deplorable."
The White House has not commented on Trump's latest attacks.
Trump on Wednesday expressed concern over McCain's role in handling a "record", drawn up prior to the 2016 US presidential election by a former British spy and paid by Democratic Party lawyers and of the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
The case alleged Russian financial relations with Trump and included generous personal details that are unconfirmed. After the election, a copy of the file was given to McCain, who handed it to the FBI, according to court documents released last week.
Trump and his supporters have aggressively attacked the document since its content became public.
"John McCain received a fake and fake file … he had it and what did he do? He did not call me, "Trump said during his visit to the Ohio factory. "He entrusted the file to the FBI in the hope of putting me in danger and this is not the best thing to do."
Edited by Kevin Drawbaugh, Dan Grebler and Nick Carey