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The Trump-McCain Feud Never Ended

As a candidate, the president disparaged his military service. The Arizona senator killed Trump’s first major legislative push. They never forgave each other.
Source: Cliff Owen / AP

Updated on August 27 at 10:19 a.m. ET

The tweet from President Donald Trump came about a half hour after John McCain’s death had been announced on Saturday night. It was 21 words long, and despite a respectful tone, the president mustered exactly zero words of praise for the late Republican senator.

“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain,” Trump wrote. “Our hearts and prayers are with you!”

One can imagine the president typing the tweet—or signing off on it—through gritted teeth. The Republican Party whose standard McCain

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