McCain family punches back after Trump attacks

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Published on March 21, 2019 - Duration: 01:43s

McCain family punches back after Trump attacks

The widow and daughter of John McCain blast President Donald Trump for repeated attacks on the former U.S. senator, Republican presidential nominee and Vietnam War hero.

Eve Johnson reports.

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McCain family punches back after Trump attacks

U.S. President Donald Trump is back to blasting John McCain six months after the Arizona Senator's death.

His latest attack came Wednesday (March 20) from a tank factory in Ohio.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve.

I don't care about this, I didn't get thank you.

That's OK.

We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain." But McCain's family isn't taking it sitting down.

Daughter Meghan has been speaking out this week.

On ABC's The View Wednesday (March 20) she accused Trump of being jealous of her father, saying, "attacking someone who is not here is a new low." Trump sparked the latest quarrel with the McCains last Sunday with a blast of Tweets, including one attacking "'last in his class' John McCain." The twitter tirade followed news that McCain had received a copy of a dossier about Trump after the 2016 presidential election.

The dossier alleges Trump had financial dealings with the Russians and included salacious personal details that haven't been confirmed.

McCain turned it over to authorities.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "He got it, and what did he do?

He didn't call me.

He turned it over to the FBI hoping to put me in jeopardy and that's not the nicest thing to do." The feud has put the late senator's family in the firing line.

Widow Cindy McCain this week tweeted out a message from a stranger full of profanities and calling her husband a warmonger.

But many of McCain's former colleagues have rallied around him.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tweeted, "today and every day I miss my good friend John McCain," calling him a rare patriot and hero but stopping short of rebuking President Trump ENDS

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