The one-sided anti-Trump media didn’t tell the whole story, as per usual.
According to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), President Trump directed his Chief of Staff John Kelly to do something incredible for the McCain family following the passing of Senator John McCain.
Graham did acknowledge that yes, the relationship between McCain and the President was most definitely strained.
Trump has been getting slammed for at first refusing to comment on McCain’s legacy, failing to release an official proclamation in a timely manner, and later returning the White House flag to full staff before eventually relenting and lowering it again.
McCain, for his part, had written a letter to be released after his death which took clear jabs at the President.
“Clearly they had a contentious relationship,” Graham admitted. “He’s not the only one to have had a tense relationship with John McCain.”
What Trump did after learning of McCain’s death, however, is getting very little attention by a media that has seized on that poor relationship to portray the President as petty, spiteful, and downright mean.
“John Kelly — I don’t know if John’s listening — he called right after John passed to the family. The president tells General Kelly ‘whatever they need they have,'” Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Two things from #LindseyGraham: 1) Trump’s Chief of Staff immediately called McCain family to offer all considerations, 2) Graham said what I did yesterday; that Trump & McCain were a lot alike…. https://t.co/by1h1Af9Fi
— Victoria Taft (@VictoriaTaft) August 28, 2018
‘Whatever they need, they have.’
Certainly sounds like a man willing to put their differences on the backburner to honor McCain properly.
“The president told John Kelly, whatever they need they get,” Graham said in a follow-up interview on NBC.
Trump released a statement on Monday indicating that he had directed Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent the administration at McCain’s services.
He also responded to a family request for military transportation of the late Senator’s remains, military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport.
Whatever they need.
“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country,” the President said.
‘He was not cheated.’ Lindsey Graham shares his last conversation with John McCain https://t.co/w8S8ZmZ8k9
— TIME (@TIME) August 28, 2018
Graham had frequently come to the defense of his good friend McCain during numerous public spats between him and the President.
He criticized Trump for his frequent reminders to the American people that it was McCain’s vote that prevented Obamacare from being repealed and replaced.
Graham also slammed the administration after word leaked that an aide had joked about McCain’s illness during a meeting, calling it a “disgusting thing to say.”
Now, Graham just wants to put the matter behind him while he mourns the loss of Senator McCain.
“It is all over now. The flag is down,” Graham said. “When the President mentioned John, he got applause. I hope he’ll remember how people feel about John.”