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'Disgraceful': Trump Snubs John McCain at Event Celebrating Law Named in His Honor

August 13, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The president frequently mocks the ailing senator at his campaign rallies.

In yet another display of President Donald Trump's utter pettiness, he snubbed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Monday at an event to celebrate the signing of the 2019 defense authorization bill — an act named in the ailing senator's honor.

Instead of calling the bill by its full name — the John S. McCain Defense Authorization Act — Trump simply called it the “defense authorization act.” He omitted any mention of McCain at all.

The Arizona Republican is and has been absent from Washington, D.C., in recent months as he undergoes treatment for brain cancer. McCain has become an outspoken critic of Trump, especially with regard to the president's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has long been critical of McCain and has disputed the Vietnam veteran's status as a “war hero.” He also frequently mocks McCain at campaign rallies over his decisive vote blocking GOP efforts to overhaul Obamacare.

“How could @realDonaldTrump sign the John S. McCain Defense Authorization Act and speak for 25 minutes without mentioning @SenJohnMcCain?” asked NBC News' Andrea Mitchell. “He even left “McCain” out of the name of the bill he signed into law. Memory loss? Unhinged? Bad staff work?”

“Disgraceful,” said former Secretary of State John Kerry in a tweet, ”but nothing will erase for an instant the legacy John McCain has written and is still writing every day.”


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