on Tuesday escalated his attacks on former Sen. (R-Ariz.) after facing blowback for berating the late senator over the weekend.
“I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when asked why he continues to attack McCain even seven months after his death.
The comments showed Trump’s penchant to stew over long-held grievances, many of which he resurfaced in a flurry of weekend tweets targeting McCain, , the news media, Democrats, General Motors, the Mueller investigation and others.
Sitting beside Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday, Trump said he remains “very unhappy” with McCain for the late senator’s “disgraceful” vote that sank congressional Republicans’ effort to repeal ObamaCare among “other things” that have angered him.
Trump took aim at McCain in a pair of weekend tweets for his reported role in passing a dossier full of explosive claims about Trump’s ties to Russia to federal law enforcement, in addition to his 2017 healthcare vote.
“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.’ Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel,” Trump wrote. “He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”
Trump also accused the “last in his class” McCain of sending “the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election.”
McCain has acknowledged he alerted then-FBI Director about the dossier, but only when he discovered its existence after the 2016 election.
A McCain associate said in a recent legal deposition that he distributed the dossier to media outlets but it is not clear if he did so at the senator’s direction.
McCain finished fifth-to-last in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Megan McCain, the late senator’s daughter, laid into Trump after his barrage of Twitter attacks.
“He spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it, and I know it and all of you know it, he will never be a great man,” McCain said on ABC’s “The View.” “My father was his kryptonite in life. He’s his kryptonite in death,” she added.