Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pres. Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn't mention him

Pres. Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn't mention him

After the bill-signing Trump made a reference to McCain at a political fundraiser in Utica, New York, criticising him - as he does repeatedly - for voting against a bill to repeal parts of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law past year. John McCain (R-AZ) while signing a bill with his name on it.

"I'm humbled that my colleagues in Congress chose to designate this bill in my name", the 81-year-old Republican said in a statement released after the signing of John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act. As Chairman of the Armed Services Cmte, I've found high objective in service of a cause greater than self-the cause of our troops who defend America & all that she stands for.

The snub was not entirely unexpected.

That led National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner of Colorado to ask the president to endorse McSally, which he didn't quite do on stage during the official event in upstate NY.

"I've gotten to know her very well, and she is terrific", Trump said of McSally, after touting her resume as an Air Force veteran and the nation's first female fighter pilot to fly a mission in combat.

"Anytime the President comes to town it is a good thing", said Brindisi.

The president mocked him the same way during a speech to conservatives in February, prompting loud and angry boos from the audience at the reference to McCain.

The signing ceremony also fulfilled Mr. Trump's promise to provide more certainty for military funding, after years of budget "sequestration" caps under President Obama.

The relationship between the two men has never been good.

That was more than McCain got. Trump said he had expressed that it would be near-impossible to make the trip to upstate NY because of other scheduling considerations. "He's a war hero because he was captured". "I just think it is a little bit unfortunate that people have to pay 15,000 dollars to see him". Trump has spoken warmly of Arpaio for years, and last year he pardoned the former lawman after he was convicted of criminal contempt related to civil rights violations by his department directed toward immigrants.

There was outrage on social media at Trump's failure to mention McCain, with Howard Fineman, NBC anchor, calling it "petty" and "almost beyond comprehension".

McCain called it "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". "Serving as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and working on behalf of America's fearless service members has been one of the greatest honors of my life", he said.

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