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U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham defends John McCain against Trump

By Jay Jackson, Chicago News
18 Mar 2019, 13:33 GMT+10

WASHINGTON DC - U.S. President Donald Trump has renewed his attacks on former Senator John McCain, months after the senator died from brain cancer.

As usual the president used Twitter to vent his latest rants.

He peppered his social media account over the weekend, alleging McCain was instrumental in the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate possible links between the Trump 2016 election campaign and the Kremlin.

He also hit out at the late senator over his crucial 2017 vote which prevented Mr Trump from replacing Obamacare.

In response to one of his tweets on Saturday, McCain's daughter Meghan  tweeted:"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 twitter obsessing over mine?"

A colleague and close friend of McCain, Republican Lindsey Graham, who is also close to the president, was unequivocal in his support for his friend on Sunday. "As to @SenJohnMcCain and his devotion to his country: He stepped forward to risk his life for his country, served honorably under difficult circumstances, and was one of the most consequential senators in the history of the body. Nothing about his service will ever be changed or diminished," Graham tweeted.

President Trump accused the late senator of sharing a dossier supporting claims Trump had links with Russia, with the media, saying "unfortunately (it was) a very dark stain against John McCain."

On Sunday, Mr Trump was at it again, claiming McCain was "last in his class" at the U.S. Naval Academy and that he had sent the dossier to the media hoping to influence the 2016 election, and that he (McCain) was working with the Democrats.

"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!" Mr Trump tweeted.

Voa News says Mr Trump has got it wrong. McCain was fifth from last in his Naval Academy class of 1958. The senator did not learn of the dossier until 10 days after Trump had won the election, and there is no evidence that McCain passed the dossier on to the media although a McCain aide said he did. McCain turned the file over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.'

Early in his campaign in 2015, Mr Trump took issue with McCain, saying "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured."

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