President Trump will not issue any statement on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) while he is alive, The Washington Post reported Saturday morning, citing White House officials.
McCain's family announced Friday he has discontinued medical treatment for his brain cancer, and many politicians from both sides of the aisle offered their prayers and well wishes when the senator's decision was announced.
McCain and Trump, however, have long had a contentious relationship. McCain reportedly told friends earlier this year he does not want the president at his funeral. He has slammed Trump's "naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats," and withdrew his endorsement of Trump after the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape.
Trump has said McCain is not a war hero because he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, expressing a preference for "people who weren't captured." He has accused McCain of spending "most of his time in the Senate pushing amnesty" and declined to apologize when a White House aide was caught saying McCain's opinion on the nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA director "doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway." Bonnie Kristian