Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), already known as a frequent critic of President Trump, gave his reaction to complaints the president made on Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy of being treated unfairly by the media. “Well, first of all, I’ve been worse treated than President Trump has, let’s make sure that we know about that,” McCain said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
On Thursday, McCain was referring to his stint as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam where he was tortured and kept in isolation by his captors for years.
At the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement, Trump spoke of the adversity he faces as Commander in Chief. “Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media,” Trump said. “No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
On Thursday, with regard to continued accusations that Russia colluded with the Trump organization to secure the electoral victory in November 2016, Trump tweeted today, “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” Members of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives have called for Trump’s impeachment.
McCain did speak highly of Robert Mueller III, who was selected on Wednesday as special counsel to investigate allegations over Russia’s supposed meddling in the 2016 election. In response to whether Trump may eventually be at odds with Mueller, who served as FBI Director in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, McCain said, “I think that’s a nonstarter.” McCain added, “Robert Mueller has a reputation going back to service in the Vietnam conflict. I don't know of anybody who hasn't the highest regard for Robert Mueller."