Countless Americans were shocked and enraged when then-candidate Donald Trump publicly disparaged the late Senator John McCain’s military service in 2015, saying McCain was “not a war hero”.
The president has never apologized for the remark, and according to a Saturday report in The Washington Post, Trump has occasionally told people he does not regret having made the statement.
> McCain and Trump have had a famously bitter relationship in recent years, and McCain has frequently criticized Trump on a host of issues, ranging from Trump's rhetoric towards immigrants, his decisions on White House personnel, and his most recent behavior on the international stage at July's Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin.
> Perhaps the most well-known instance of hostility between the two men came during a campaign event in Iowa more than three years ago, when Trump prompted outrage by saying that McCain's capture during the Vietnam War — during which he was tortured and imprisoned for five years — meant he wasn't a hero.
> "He's not a war hero," Trump said. "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured."
While many current and former elected officials from both sides of the aisle offered stirring tributes following McCain’s death, Trump simply issued a generic tweet offering his “deepest sympathies and respect” to the senator’s family.