Fox News analyst Brit Hume tore into President Trump for tweeting his condolences to the family of GOP Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) after his death without mentioning “a kind word” about the senator in the statement.
Hume pointed out that Trump’s tweet avoided directly praising McCain himself, a sharp cry from the hundreds of tributes to the late senator from lawmakers, former presidents, and world leaders.
“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain,” Trump tweeted Saturday after the announcement of McCain’s death. “Our hearts and prayers are with you!”
“Still not a kind word about McCain himself,” Hume replied to the short tweet.
Still not a kind word about McCain himself. https://t.co/kKflh8Iq33
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 26, 2018
Here’s how former President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau remembered McCain:
Our statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: pic.twitter.com/3GBjNYxoj5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 26, 2018
Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions. Canadians join Americans tonight in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 26, 2018
Trump has repeatedly trashed McCain’s service to the country, from saying the senator was “not a war hero” because he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, to avoiding saying his name while signing a bill named after him earlier this month.
The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump told aides that he does not regret the comment mocking McCain for being a prisoner of war.