Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, calling the late Senator John McCain an “American hero” after recent criticism he received from the President.
“Today and every day I miss my good friend John McCain,” McConnell tweeted. “It was a blessing to serve alongside a rare patriot and genuine American hero in the Senate. His memory continues to remind me every day that our nation is sustained by the sacrifices of heroes.”
According to The Hill, McConnell’s tribute comes during a week in which Trump has lobbed numerous attacks against the former Arizona senator. Trump went after McCain on multiple occasions last weekend after reports surfaced that one of the then-senator’s associates had shared a dossier of allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia with the media.
“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,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. “He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!”
Trump doubled down on his criticism on Tuesday, telling reporters at the Oval Office that he was “never a fan of John McCain.”
“And I never will be,” he added.
Senator Lindsey Graham also praised McCain’s service to the U.S. on Sunday, saying that “nothing about his service will ever be changed or diminished.”