Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump seems to hold a sort of “fair-weather friendship” with traditional conservative Republicans, and Arizona Senator John McCain is no exception. Following McCain’s recent brain cancer diagnosis, Trump promptly changed his tune in regards to McCain’s past military service record…a tune that he has been singing on and off for the last couple decades.
During the Donald’s 2016 candidacy, he accumulated some degree of anger from both sides of the aisle for his remarks on John McCain’s status as a prisoner during the Vietnam War. Perhaps this rings a bell: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” Even before that, back in 2000, Trump is on record as saying more or less the same thing: “You would say that maybe he wasn’t an actual war hero. He was captured, but maybe not a war hero.”
Most recently, Trump has Tweeted some updated (and definitely more positive) comments on McCain’s veteran status: “So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave – American hero! Thanks John.” Wait, hold on – vote on what? The latest GOP-endorsed health care bill. Yes, folks – Trump is McCain’s buddy when it could help him get something through Congress, but otherwise, he seems to have no respect for the Senator and former presidential candidate, who has served in his current capacity for almost three decades.