President Trump turns down to publish a statement that praises the heroism of late Sen. John McCain who died of brain cancer on Saturday.
While refusing to issue a statement telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican.
White House senior officials including Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and others advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a “hero,” according to The Washington Post citing current and former White House aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The original statement was drafted before McCain death and Sanders and others edited a final version this weekend that was ready for the president, the aides said. But Trump told aides he wanted to post a brief tweet instead, and the statement praising McCain’s life was not released… [Contineu reading in The Washington Post]