President TrumpJohn McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Trump issues first veto over ‘reckless’ emergency resolution | Pompeo moves to restrict international court probing war crimes | Trump taps Air Force general for NATO commander Watchdog: Pentagon doesn’t know where .1B was spent on F-35 parts Overnight Health Care – Presented by PCMA – Trump health chief reveals talks with states on Medicaid block grants | New head of FDA faces tough test | Trump officials defends work requirements in court MORE (R-Ariz.) on Saturday for the late senator’s vote against the GOP Senate majority during the Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare in 2017.Donald John TrumpColorado governor signs national popular vote bill into law Tree of Life rabbi responds to New Zealand attack: Like ‘a horror film all over again’ Graham says he’ll probe Rosenstein’s 25th Amendment remarks MORE took aim at former Sen.
McCain, who died last year, was the third Republican to vote against the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, former President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, in 2017.
Trump’s tweet appeared to refer to the unverified dossier of Trump’s ties to Russia, authored by a former British intelligence agent and reportedly provided to BuzzFeed News by McCain’s office.
“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain,’ ” Trump said, apparently quoting former Ken Starr, who headed the congressional investigation into the Clinton administration.
“He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!” the president continued.
Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
The tweet is Trump’s second shot at McCain in recent months, and reportedly told a group of news anchors during an off-the-record meeting last month that the late Arizona Republican’s memoir in which McCain was critical of Trump “bombed.”
McCain was a frequent critic of Trump’s following the president’s election in 2016, and rescinded his endorsement of Trump during the 2016 general election following lewd comments made by Trump on an “Access Hollywood” video that resurfaced late into the campaign.