WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has broken his silence on John McCain, saying he appreciates everything the late senator has done for the country.
It was Trump’s first public comment about McCain since the Arizona senator’s death Saturday from brain cancer.
Trump spoke Monday evening at a White House dinner for evangelical leaders.
The president offered prayers and condolences to those slain in a Jacksonville, Florida, shooting, before pivoting to McCain, a critic with whom he has feuded.
Says Trump: “Our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Sen. John McCain. We appreciate everything McCain has done for our country.”
The 81-year-old McCain served six terms in the Senate. He also served in the House and in the Navy, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam and ran for president twice.