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John McCain On “The View”: My Donald Trump Relationship Is “Almost None”

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The View John McCain Interview

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The View John McCain Interview

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John McCain revealed on “The View” on Monday that his relationship with Donald Trump is “almost none.” Watch the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, McCain appeared on “The View” to celebrate his daughter Meghan’s birthday. But as the live talk show went on, the discussion turned political. “You’re fighting the good fight. And we appreciate that,” Joy Behar told him. McCain acknowledged “we are in very challenging times,” and brought up the previous segment, which was about Donald Trump attacking Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson. “We should not be fighting about a brave American who lost his life fighting for his country. That should not be the topic of discussion in America today,” he said.

And he noted he agreed with Whoopi Goldberg that “Americans should know what’s going on Niger, should know what caused the death of four brave Americans.” The moderator mentioned McCain’s recent comments against “half-baked, spurious nationalism,” and said, “It was clear you were talking about you-know-who.” He cracked, “And they know why!” That said, McCain did clarify that he wasn’t speaking specifically about the president in recent remarks about draft-dodgers during the Vietnam War.

He explained, “Those who were wealthy enough to get a doctor to say you got a bone spur, you got a migraine, then they were excused [from serving]… That’s disgraceful. Nothing makes me more angry than that.” In Trump’s case, McCain said, “I don’t consider him so much a draft-dodger than I feel the system was so wrong that certain Americans could evade their duty to serve their country.” He went on to say about the president, “What I cared about is when he spoke about other prisoners of war, especially our World War II guys who are still around. He shared that one such veteran asked him, “‘Why does the president not like me?’ That’s hard to explain to a 92-year-old man.”

When Sunny Hostin wondered if McCain is “scared” to go up against Trump, he laughed, as did everyone else. “I mentioned that I had faced greater challenges,” said, referring to a statement he made recently after the president attacked him. The former presidential candidate insisted, “We’ve got to lift the national dialogue. Let’s stop insulting each other. Let’s start respecting each other’s views… I think the point is we need to have a kinder, more respectful but vigorous debate on what we want the country to do. Not whether someone’s a jerk or not.”

Sara Haines wanted to know how often McCain and Trump talk and what their relationship is like. “Almost none,” he admitted, which the co-hosts found to be shameful. The group also talked about healthcare, with McCain calling the “skinny repeal” effort “crazy.” After re-watching a clip of himself telling a woman that Barack Obama is not an “Arab,” he insisted, “You can’t let that [mischaracterization] go. You just got to do what’s right.” He also doesn’t want to let nationalism stop investigations into election meddling and the like. McCain said, “Every time we turn around, we find out about some more interference or attempt to interfere in our election… This has got to stop.”

He also commended “The View” for the way it addresses political issues. “This show is exciting, it’s fun, but it’s also respectful, so thank you for that,” he said. He also told the audience, “I thank you for being here, I thank you for being Americans… We are still, as Ronald Reagan used to say, a shining city on the hill.” Watch the videos below.

 


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