Sen. Mitt Romney offered a strong rebuke to President Donald Trump two days after the president criticized the late Sen. John McCain in a series of tweets.
In his own tweet, Romney said he couldn’t understand why the president would “once again disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain.” He went on to describe McCain as "heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic and driven by duty to family, country and God.”
McCain died in August at the age of 81 after a battle with brain cancer.
I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 19, 2019
In a series of tweets sent from the president in the early morning of March 17, Trump made allegations that McCain sent a “fake dossier” to both the FBI and media about Trump’s ties to Russia. He also criticized McCain for voting against the repeal of former President Barack Obama’s health care law, also known as the Affordable Care Act.
So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) “last in his class” (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election. He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
Later, when asked to explain the tweets by reporters during an Oval Office meeting with the visiting president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, Trump said “I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be.”
Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, responded to Trump’s tweet, saying “No one will ever love you the way they loved my father...”