Senator John McCain addressed Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about his war record for the first time on Monday. The Senator says the billionaire should not apologize to him, but that he does owe an apology to the veterans captured in war and their families.
ABC reports that McCain, in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe said, “I don’t think so,” when he was asked if he feels Trump owes him an apology. “But I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict,” he added.
I don’t think so. But I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving our country.
So many men and some women who served and sacrificed and happened to be held prisoner and somehow to denigrate that in any way their service I think is offensive to most of our veterans.
Trump’s comments over the weekend concerning McCain’s time serving in the military and his subsequent capture and torture as a POW have prompted calls for Trump to drop out of the Republican Presidential race.
The real estate mogul’s comments came during the Family Leadership Council summit in Iowa. Trump boldly stated that McCain is not a hero “because he was captured,” and added, “I like people who weren’t captured.”
He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.
Texas Governor and fellow candidate for the Republican party Rick Perry called out Trump, urging him to drop out of the presidential race. McCain on the other hand, doesn’t feel Trump should exit the race, but is curious to see how the negative comments affect Trump’s numbers in the polls.
Trump said that the Arizona Senator has not done enough to help American veterans or address illegal immigration.
The businessman has no intentions of apologizing to McCain.