It got off to a bad start, and President Trump's wretched relationship with Senator John McCain is unlikely to end well either.
The president was allegedly kidnapped by McCain's funeral months ago, McCain's fight against brain cancer, kidnapped a turn for the worse, and now the veteran Republican Senator from Arizona has decided to stop medical treatment.
During McCain's illness, Trump has continued to snub him publicly – including a new appearance in which the President refused to accept McCain's name at the signing a bill named after him. Trump had said nothing about McCain's medical decision late on Friday.
Trump does not want to comment on McCain before his death, White House officials said, and there was no effort to release a statement on Friday, as many politicians published supportive comments about the ailing senator.
Her increasingly combative relationship served as a metaphor for the Republican Party: the former Vietnam prisoner of war and "proud conservative," who narrowly defeated the noisy draft in 2008 when he took office against President Barack Obama, who quickly took control of eight years later obtained the GOP and the White House.
McCain rarely disguised his aversion to Trump when the real estate developer ran for president on a platform that included attacks on immigrants and US allies. In July 201
At the end of this month, Trump had vilified McCain's Vietnam War Service, saying that McCain was "no war hero" even though he spent more than five years as a prisoner of war and perpetual torture.
"He was a war hero because he was captured, I like people who were not captured," Trump said during a forum in Ames, Iowa.
Trump refused to apologize at this time despite criticism from almost every corner and has never withdrawn the statement. He has occasionally told people that he does not regret the comment.
"The reality is that John McCain has made American politicians less secure, sent our brave soldiers into false foreign adventures, hushed up President Obama's VA scandal, and spent most of his time in the Senate conducting amnesty." Trump wrote in an article for USA Today this month. "He would rather protect the Iraqi border than Arizona's."
McCain supported Trump in 2016 and withdrew his support a few weeks before the election after he published an Access Hollywood volume in which Trump denounced women forcibly.
Trump's prompt and furious response: "The very evil mouth Sen. John McCain asked for my support during his primary (I admitted he won) then dropped me notes on changing room notes!"
In the office, McCain has backed Trump's economic and national security agenda despite his concerns over Trump's rejection of traditional US alliances. But he also showed frustration with Trump's White House by abruptly dismissing nominees from his office or becoming angry with the West Wing assistants.
McCain crossed the White House last year over the GOP attempt to lift Obama's Affordable Care Act and Trump never forgave him. After the vote, Trump said that McCain had not voted against him out of personal revenge and that he would never say yes to anything that helped Trump.
He repeatedly said to advisors that McCain should resign from the seat and let the Republican governor appoint another senator. Trump has also told White Housemaids that his supporters are not big fans of McCain and boasted that he became president while McCain did not.
Trump's retelling of the health care vote, usually without mentioning McCain's name, continued during more than a year of treating the brain tumor. The 81-year-old's family said Friday he will stop treatment.
"Obamacare, we've lost the individual mandate, that's the most unpopular aspect," Trump said during a political speech in Utica, NY, on August 13. "I would have gotten rid of everything, but as you know, one of our wonderful senators said "Thumbs down" at two o'clock in the morning.
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"I let him know several times that it was under the office and it mirrors him not good, "said Sen. Linsey O. Graham, Republican from South Carolina and longtime friend of McCain, said of Trump's attacks," He's an American hero in every way, and I do not see how it helps the president. "
Graham said Trump "feels like he helped McCain in his elementary school, and John attacks him.
In May, Trump and press spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized for a comment by the adjutant that McCain's opposition to Gina Haspel, who is being nominated for the CIA director, "does not matter because he Helps Kelly Sadler left her job the following month, but White House staff said her departure was not a punishment for the remark, and Trump told the counselors he did not care if she apologized or not, and that he was more determined to find out who leaked the comments and called advisers for a West Wing Schilt.
During occasional talks in the Oval Office about McCain's state of health or status in the Senate, Trump usually said nothing, said current and former officials He regularly got angry that McCain was portrayed in the media as a "good guy" and he was considered the "bad guy," said one early senior administrative official who had talked to Trump about McCain.
Trump has been revenged on friends for McCain's role in obtaining research findings compiled by a former British intelligence officer who claimed that Russia had potentially compromised information about Trump. He complained that McCain had criticized him for Russia and foreign policy, questioning his expertise and stating that he did not win the presidency and McCain.
"Even a low risk that the President of the United States might be susceptible to Russian blackmail had to be investigated," McCain wrote in his latest book, The Troublemaker, which he published this year.
"I could not verify any of this independently, so I did what any American who cares about the security of our nation should have done." I put the dossier in my office safe, called the office of FBI director Jim Comey and asked for a meeting, "McCain wrote.
McCain's assessments grew weaker the longer Trump was in office.
In August, McCain denounced the white racists who held a lethal rally in Charlottesville after Trump said "fine people on both sides" attended the event.
"White racists are not patriots, they are traitors – Americans need to" unite against hatred and bigotry, "McCain tweeted at the time.
McCain condemned" half-baked, wrong. "With the National Constitutional Center's Freedom Medal in October Nationalism invented by people who prefer scapegoats to solve problems One question on McCain's remarks the next day: "People have to be careful, because at some point I fight back."
"You know, I'm very nice I'm very, very nice, but at some point I will fight back and it will not be nice," Trump said in a WMAL interview.
Not long after, McCain seemed to be shooting a shot at Trump to avoid the Vietnam War train.
"One aspect of the [Vietnam] conflict that I will never accept is that we have designed the lowest income level of America and the highest income level has found a doctor who says they have a bone spur". McCain said during an interview with CSPAN.
McCain did not mention Trump by name, but his meaning seemed clear. Trump was given five bailouts, including one in which a doctor diagnosed him with bone spurs.
Finally, in July, McCain denounced Trump for his rousing performance along with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference in Helsinki, calling it "one of America's Most Shameful Appearances."
The US President had Putin rhetorically embraced and seemed to ally with US intelligence officials over Moscow's aggressive election intervention.
"The damage caused by President Trump's naivety, egoism, false equivalence and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate," McCain said. "No former president has ever humbled himself so badly from a tyrant."
Trump said nothing in reply. While McCain spends his last days in Arizona, helpers say Trump is inclined to say nothing at all.