Former Republican Presidential nominee John “Mitch” McCain is no longer a war hero, but he’s not a warrior of principle either.
Trump, who campaigned on the promise of the “greatest national security mission in history,” said on Twitter on Tuesday that McCain is “a war hero because he was captured.
He was captured, and he is now being punished for it.”
McCain is no more a war warrior of principles.
He is a war soldier because he is captured.
he is being punished.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019Trump has since taken to his Twitter account to defend the retired five-star Marine general and his actions during the war in Afghanistan.
He added that he did not know that McCain was captured and that he “does not know who he is.”
“I did not even know that he was a POW.
I don’t know who McCain is.
I know he was killed.
He died in the Vietnam War, but I never knew who he was,” Trump said.
“I have to say, he was not a warrior of principles.”
The retired four-star general was captured by insurgents in the Battle of Saigon in 1968 and is believed to have been killed in the fighting.
Trump also blasted McCain for not having been awarded the Purple Heart, a medal awarded to veterans who died in battle.
McCain was one of the first to publicly endorse Trump after the Republican candidate won the nomination in April.
He appeared alongside Trump at his rally in Las Vegas on Wednesday, where he repeatedly said that he supported the former GOP presidential nominee.
“John McCain is a warrior, but John McCain never gave up,” Trump told the crowd.
“John McCain has been a warrior for the country.
He never gave in.
He’s a warrior.
John McCain has always fought for what’s right.”
Trump has been criticized for the remarks, particularly for his characterization of McCain as “a POW.”