President Donald Trump attacked John McCain again on Twitter Sunday to complain about the late senator’s ties to the infamous Steele dossier that contains the unverified allegations the Russians have blackmail material on the president.
‘So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) “last in his class” (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election. He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!, the president wrote.
It is the second time in 24 hours the president has attacked the late senator and comes after Meghan McCain trashed Trump for going after her father.
Trump had earlier taken to Twitter to rip her father, the late Senator John McCain
Earlier in the morning he tweeted a report from ‘Fox and Friends’ that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who researched and wrote the dossier, used information obtained from CNN in compiling the material.
‘Report: Christopher Steele backed up his Democrat & Crooked Hillary paid for Fake & Unverified Dossier with information he got from “send in watchers” of low ratings CNN. This is the info that got us the Witch Hunt!,’ the president wrote.
The hosts on ‘Fox and Friends’ on Sunday morning said that Steele used CNN’s I-report to obtain some of his material. I-report is the news’ organization’s citizen journalism section. The hosts didn’t give the source of the report against Steele.
On Saturday, Trump said John McCain leaking the ‘dirty dossier’ was ‘dark stain’ on his legacy.
Meghan McCain slapped back at the president, saying he will never be loved.
‘No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on
Trump had earlier taken to Twitter to rip her father, the Arizona Republican Senator John McCain.
‘Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain,”’ Trump wrote, attributing the quote to, Ken Starr, the former independent counsel whose investigation led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
Trump continued, referring to John McCain’s vote on Obamacare: ‘He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!’
After Trump was elected, John McCain was tied to the leak of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s ‘dirty dossier’ on Trump, which contained salacious and unsubstantiated allegations.
Former State Department official David Kramer, an executive at the McCain Institute, met with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger on December 29, 2016 and passed the information in the dossier, according to court documents.
Two weeks later, Buzzfeed published the dossier, which landed like a bombshell just days before Trump’s inauguration.
It is just one incident in the ongoing feud between the McCain family and Trump clan, a dispute that Meghan McCain said last month that her father’s death in September had done nothing to quell.
Meghan McCain appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last month, saying that she would never squash her beef with the Trump family
‘The Trumps had beef with me then, and in the words of Cardi B, they’re gonna have beef with me forever, and I’m not gonna forget,’ she said in an appearance on the Late Show, referring to the rapper’s lyrics in the 2016 song Foreva.
John McCain died at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer. He made explicit his desire that President Trump not attend his funeral, and also dis-invited his 2008 running mate, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
His beef with President Trump dates at least back to the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump criticized him for being taken prisoner in Vietnam.
‘He’s not a war hero,’ Trump said in July 2015, sarcastically quipping: ‘He’s a war hero because he was captured.’
Then, he added, ‘I like people that weren’t captured.’
Meghan McCain poses with her father, Senator John McCain on The View in October 2017
The feud famously continued when the Republican senator rushed to DC to dramatically block Obamacare repeal, which both he and Trump has campaigned on, less than two weeks after undergoing brain surgery.
Like Meghan McCain, Trump is apparently unwilling to squash the beef, griping about McCain’s surprise vote on the Affordable Care Act.
At an off-the-record lunch with television news anchors prior to his State Of The Union address last month, Trump described McCain’s vote against repeal as a betrayal, the
The President added: ‘By the way, he wrote a book and the book bombed.’
Trump versus McCain – how the disputes developed
Trump has had few good words to say about John McCain and the feud stretches back to at least 2015. Here is a potted history.
Trump and McCain feuded for years, and the enmity continued beyond the grave
June 30, 2015: ‘I just disagree with his comments about the, quote, Mexicans,’ McCain said about the campaign speech in which Trump suggested Mexican immigrants bring ‘drugs’ and ‘crime’ into the U.S. and that some of them are ‘rapists.’
July 16, 2015: Trump calls McCain ‘weak’ during rally in Arizona. McCain hit back telling the New Yorker that Trump ‘fired up the crazies’ before Trump said ‘The thousands of people that showed up for me in Phoenix were amazing Americans. @SenJohnMcCain called them ‘crazies’–must apologize!’. He then added that McCain graduated last in his class in Annapolis and said he was a ‘dummy’.
July 18, 2015: Trump said of McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. ‘He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.’
December 22, 2015: McCain says he is ‘concerned’ over Trump’s praise of Russian president Vladimir Putin. ‘The thing that is so concerning about Mr. Trump’s compliments of Vladimir Putin is Vladimir Putin has slaughtered his own, murdered his own people, including people I knew. He has, his equipment has shot down an airliner and killed a couple hundred people.’
April 19, 2016: McCain announced he would not attend the Republican primary where Trump was due to be officially named the party’s presidential nominee.
August 1, 2016: McCain criticised Trump who had criticized the Gold Star parents of a fallen U.S army captain. He said: ‘In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.’
October 8, 2016: Footage emerged showing Trump making misogynistic comments in 2005. McCain, and wife Cindy, said in a statement: ‘Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy
December 29, 2016: McCain associate David Kramer, an executive at the McCain Institute, met with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger and passed off British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s ‘dirty dossier’. Buzzfeed published the dossier two weeks later.
July 25, 2017: McCain rushed back to the Senate less than two weeks after brain surgery to vote ‘no’ on repealing the Affordable Care Act, which both he and Trump had campaigned on repealing.
April 17, 2018: McCain released memoir ‘The Restless Wave’ in which he made unflinching criticisms of Trump, Russia and his feelings of unease around the president.
June 20, 2018: Trump publicly blamed McCain for the Republican’s failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017. McCain’s daughter Meghan branded the move as ‘gross’.
September 1, 2018: McCain’s funeral is held at the Washington National Cathedral. He made explicit his wish that Trump not attend.
February 7, 2019: McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain appears on the Late Show and criticizes Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner for attending her father’s funeral. She said she would never squash her ‘beef’ with the Trump family.