Members of Congress decided to honor ailing Arizona Senator John McCain by naming the 2019 national defense authorization after him, but during the bill’s signing, President Donald Trump chose to dishonor the senator by failing to mention his name once during his prepared remarks — even omitting McCain’s name when citing the title of the bill.
In extended remarks during a visit to Fort Drum in upstate New York to sign the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 — this year's version of an annual bill that sets defense policy — Trump chose not to mention the former prisoner of war and Senate Armed Services Committee chairman who is battling brain cancer. He even omitted McCain's name when citing the title of the bill.
The two men have long been fierce critics of each other, with McCain calling Trump's supporters "crazies" in 2015 and Trump retaliating by questioning whether McCain, who was subjected to torture in a Vietnamese prison camp, is really a "war hero" because "he was captured."
Trump’s disrespect was noted by many, including McCain’s longtime aide:
"For those asking did I expect Trump to be an a------ today. No more than I expected it to be Monday," Mark Salter, McCain's longtime aide, wrote on Twitter.