Meghan McCain says former President Donald Trump refused to apologize for mocking her father’s war injuries — and denied that he had even done so — during a private phone conversation after the 2016 election.
McCain said Trump called her after she posted a tweet in response to a report saying that the former president had been physically mocking her father, the late GOP Sen. John McCain, who walked with a limp because he couldn’t fully bend one knee.
The report came more than a year after Trump first attacked John McCain’s war record, saying the former Vietnam POW and GOP presidential nominee was “not a war hero … because he was captured.”
“I tweeted, ‘This is abhorrent. What more must my family be put through?'” McCain said of her response to the 2016 report, in an interview with the Daily Mail about her new book, “Bad Republican.
Watch part of Meghan McCain’s Daily Mail interview below.
“And I got a phone call from like this weird number that I didn’t answer, and there was a voicemail that said, ‘This is the White House. President Trump would like to speak with Miss McCain,’ and I lost my mind,'” McCain said. “‘And I called my dad and I said, ‘I don’t want to call him back. This is scary. I don’t want to talk to him.’ And my dad said, ‘You have to call him. He’s the president of the United States. It’s not an option. You still respect the office.'”