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Trump Unlikely to Call John McCain

Trump Unlikely to Call John McCain
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives for votes on Capitol Hill. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 08:37 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Many political foes are contacting John McCain in an effort to patch up past differences during what may be his final days.

But one foe of the Arizona senator who is unlikely to do so is President Donald Trump, the White House indicated on Monday.

During the White House briefing, I asked about the president’s much-publicized pardon of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson on May 25 — a cause championed for more than a decade by Rep. Peter King and McCain — both big boxing fans.

Following the pardon, McCain issued a statement saying, “I applaud President Trump for issuing a posthumous pardon of boxing legend Jack Johnson, whose reputation was ruined by a racially charged conviction over a century ago.”

McCain went on to laud Trump’s action for closing what he called “a shameful chapter in our nation’s history and [marking] a milestone that the American people can and should be proud of.”

Newsmax asked press secretary Sarah Sanders, if pardon presented an opportunity for the president to call the Arizonan and perhaps “patch things up with him.”

“I'm not aware of a scheduled call, so I wouldn't want to get ahead of that,” Sanders replied.

Since McCain returned to Arizona last month for further treatment of brain cancer, there have been no signs of any change in his relationship with Trump. On May 5, there were widespread reports the senator’s friends were saying he did not want Trump to come to his funeral.

Trump, in turn, has made repeated references to McCain being the deciding vote in the failure of the Senate to water down the Affordable Care Act last fall.

There are other stories of McCain foes reaching out to the senator and mending their differences. One former Republican office holder who had had significant differences with the senator (and who requested anonymity) told us of visiting McCain before he left for Arizona.

“John said, ‘Things got out of hand between us, and I’m sorry I let it happen,’" the source said. “That’s not like John to say something like that. It was a wonderful moment.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.


 

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Many political foes are contacting John McCain in an effort to patch up past differences during what may be his final days. But one foe of the Arizona senator who is unlikely to do so is President Donald Trump.
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