John McCain’s Vietnam Jailer Praises Him, Trump Kills White House Statement Praising McCain
President Donald Trump killed a statement praising the life of John McCain, a Republican Senator and decorated Vietnam War POW, while McCain’s jailer praised him.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White House aides pushed for an official statement that called him a “hero,” current and former White House aides told The Washington Post.
Trump, who dodged the Vietnam War with bone spurs, reportedly told aides he wanted to post a brief tweet instead, which is all McCain got:
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump’s legal team and a longtime Republican strategist, said of Trump’s reaction to McCain’s death: “It’s atrocious. At a time like this, you would expect more of an American president when you’re talking about the passing of a true American hero.”
Colonel Trần Trọng Duyệt, the man who ran the Hỏa Lò Prison where McCain was held in Vietnam, praised McCain for his bravery and toughness to the Vietnam News:
At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance. Later on, when he became a US Senator, he and Senator John Kerry greatly contributed to promote Vietnam-U.S. relations so I was very fond of him.
When I learnt about his death early this morning, I feel very sad. I would like to send condolences to his family. I think it’s the same feeling for all Vietnamese people as he has greatly contributed to the development of Vietnam-U.S. relations.