President Donald Trump struck on Senator John McCain’s conviction of “false nationalism” on Tuesday, warning the Republican in Arizona that “at some point I will fight back and it will not be nice.”
“Well, it’s shocked,” host Chris Plente said. Responding to McCain’s comment. “Yes, I listen well and people need to be careful, because at some point I fight, you know, I’m very nice, I’m very, very nice, but at some point I fight back and it will not be nice.”
The Arizona senator rejected the apparent threat. “It’s OK with me,” McCain told reporters at Capitol Hill on Tuesday. “In the past I faced some important opponents.”
The latest public sparring between the two men originated after McCain, who was awarded Medal of Freedom at the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia on Monday evening, used his acceptance speech to condemn “semi-cooked, fake nationalism cooked by people who would rather they wanted to find scapegoats rather than solve problems.
” Such a glimpse of the world, a republican MP for a long-standing position, said: “is non-patriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past, which Americans have led to the ashes of history.”
The remarks were widely interpreted as being shot in Trump’s political style, a mixture of nationalism, populism and conservatism. However, McCain on Tuesday morning denied that it was an explicit blow to the president.
“I dealt with the whole atmosphere and the environment,” McCain said, noting that Trump was not the first politician to use the “First America” language. “No, there are many people except the president who said” America first “.
The two men often argued about Trump’s short political career. But perhaps most importantly when the president suggested that McCain was not a “hero”, although he was mistreated as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, as Trump said: “I like people who were not captured”.
The relationship between the two men hit a new low during the summer, when Mr. McCain’s opposition to Republican abolition and replacement legislation twice doubled those efforts. Trump said on Tuesday that McCain’s opposition is not forgotten while Republicans are working on a political victory on the board before the mid-2018 elections.
“I think we will have a lot to do. We need the votes of Republicans who for some reason were not here for health care,” the president said. “They were supposed to be. We thought we had it, but John McCain voted no, which was a shock.”
McCain also said he would vote for the president’s agenda when it coincided with him, ridiculing the idea that his personal Trump dispute could have prevented support for legislation backed by the White House.
“Why would you say something stupid,” McCain said, “why would I ask for something stupid?” “My job is a US Senator from the United States, a Senator from Arizona, for which I am re-elected, which will block everything because of some personal disagreement? That’s a stupid question.”
Seung Min Kim contributed to this story.