Trump attacks John McCain over Obamacare repeal

 thehill.com  03/16/2019 21:29:22 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpColorado governor signs national popular vote bill into law Tree of Life rabbi responds to New Zealand attack: Like 'a horror film all over again' Graham says he'll probe Rosenstein's 25th Amendment remarks MORE took aim at late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Trump issues first veto over 'reckless' emergency resolution | Pompeo moves to restrict international court probing war crimes | Trump taps Air Force general for NATO commander Watchdog: Pentagon doesn't know where .1B was spent on F-35 parts Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Trump health chief reveals talks with states on Medicaid block grants | New head of FDA faces tough test | Trump officials defends work requirements in court MORE (R-Ariz.) on Twitter on Saturday for his vote against the GOP Senate majority during the Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare in 2017.

McCain, who died last year, was the third Republican to vote against the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, former President Obama's signature legislative accomplishment, in 2017.

The tweet appeared to refer to the unverified dossier of Trump's ties to Russia, authored by a former British intelligence agent and reportedly provided to BuzzFeed by McCain's office.

"Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier 'is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain,'" Trump said, apparently quoting former independent counsel Ken Starr, who headed the investigation into the Clinton administration.

"He had far worse 'stains' than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!" the president continued.

Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019

The tweet is Trump's second shot at McCain in recent months. He reportedly told a group of news anchors during an off-the-record meeting in February that the late Arizona Republican's book in which McCain was critical of Trump "bombed."

McCain was a frequent critic of Trump and rescinded his endorsement during the 2016 general election following lewd comments Trump made on an "Access Hollywood" video that resurfaced late in the campaign.

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