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Trump Carries On Criticism Of McCain, As A Republican Calls His Words 'Deplorable'

The president again complained about the late Arizona senator during an Ohio speech, even criticizing the McCain family for not showing gratitude to the president over the late senator's funeral.
President Trump speaks at the Joint Systems Manufacturer on Wednesday in Lima, Ohio. Trump visited the northeastern Ohio defense manufacturing plant to discuss his successes in the economy, job growth, John McCain and ISIS. Source: Andrew Spear

President Trump continues to pile on criticism of the late Sen. John McCain, complaining on Wednesday during a speech in Ohio that the Arizona senator's family never thanked him for the Vietnam War hero's funeral, which involved large ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

"I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve," Trump told a crowd at an Army tank manufacturing plant in Lima. "I don't care about this. I didn't get [a] thank you. That's okay. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain."

Trump was the only living president not to attend McCain's September 2018 service at the National Cathedral, during which several speakers made not-so-veiled comparisons between the current commander-in-chief and

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