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McCain: Trump Doesn’t Faze Me, I’ve Faced Greater Challenges

Sen. John McCain
Sen. John McCain

Arizona senator and war hero John McCain told President Donald Trump to bring it on Tuesday afternoon, warning the president that he is not fazed by his threats of retaliation.

In a speech Monday night McCain, who has never hidden his disdain for Trump, unloaded on the president in a speech in Philadelphia calling Trump’s ideas “half-baked, spurious nationalism.”

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McCain repudiated everything Trump and his advisers stand for and warned that it is unpatriotic for the U.S. to “fear” the world it has led for nearly a century. He said it is unpatriotic to “abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe” and “refuse the obligations of international leadership … for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.”

“As unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history,” McCain added.

The Senator warned U.S. leaders against taking the country backwards towards nationalist, “America First” instincts, cautioning that should that be allowed to take root, it would relegate the U.S. to the ash heap of world history.

“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world, McCain said.

“That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.”

Speaking to Radio host Chris Plante Tuesday morning, Trump said he heard McCain’s criticisms and warned the Arizona senator that he might fight back.

Plante asked Trump: “He was taking shots at you again yesterday. You heard what he said yesterday, Sen. McCain?”

“Yeah, well I hear it. And people have to be careful because at some point I fight back. I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back and it won’t be pretty,” Trump responded.

“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world, McCain said.

Asked about Trump’s threat, McCain told the president to bring it on. “I’ve faced far greater challenges than this,” McCain told reporters on Capitol Hill.

McCain was in Philadelphia to be honored with the Liberty Medal “for his lifetime of sacrifice and service” by the National Constitution Center. Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, who is the chair of the Constitution Center, bestowed the medal on his former senate colleague, a U.S. Navy aviator who was shot down during the Vietnam war.

“John, you have broken many times, physically and otherwise, and you have always grown stronger, but what you don’t really understand in my humble opinion is how much courage you give the rest of us looking at you,” Biden said.

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McCain was elected to Congress in 1982 and has served in both the US House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Former President Barack Obama tweeted his congratulations to his friend and former senate colleague, John McCain. “I’m grateful to @SenJohnMcCain for his lifetime of service to our country. Congratulations, John, on receiving this year’s Liberty Medal,” Obama wrote.

McCain, who is the current chairman of the U.S. Armed Services Committee said on Twitter that he was honored to receive the award. “I’ve been blessed to spend my life serving something more important than myself, of being a bit player in the story of America #LibertyMedal”.

He was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain tumor.



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