President Trump apparently has a soft side.
Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and a co-host on ABC’s “The View,” said the president called her in the fall to make peace, assuring her he would back off attacking her cancer-afflicted father.
“I don’t believe he would go there again,” the younger McCain said in an interview for Politico’s Women Rule podcast.
The former Fox News star added, “I don’t think at this point in his administration it would be beneficial to him in any way.”
McCain said her phone conversation with Trump was “very nice,” and described being “deeply hurt” when the feud between her father and then-candidate Trump first broke out during the 2016 election.
“I don’t think he has obviously attacked him in a while, but when the news came out that he was apparently, allegedly making physical mockeries of my father’s war injuries…I was deeply hurt by it,” she recalled.
McCain also took aim at first daughter Ivanka Trump, questioning her avowed desire to stay out of politics.
“The part that I find confusing about [Ivanka] is that she works in the administration; she has an office in the White House, and she has claimed not to be a political person,” McCain said. “You’re an advisor to your father, who also happens to be the president, and you’re not a political person? I don’t like things like that.”
The television personality also slammed the president’s daughter for tweeting out support of Oprah Winfrey’s #MeToo Golden Globes speech.
“Oprah’s speech was so politically loaded, and if anyone had gone on a platform like the Golden Globes and made a speech that was even in a tiny way, or a small veiled way, a criticism of my father…I would have nothing nice to say about it. So, it just confuses me,” McCain said.
The president and the Arizona senator have been at odds since McCain spoke out against the New York billionaire’s stance on immigration early on in the 2016 presidential race.
Trump had fired back, declaring that McCain was only considered a “war hero because he was captured,” and said he preferred “people that weren’t captured.”
McCain has remained a frequent Trump critic, most recently condemning the president’s alleged remark calling Haiti, El Salvador, and other third world nations “s***hole countries.”
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 13, 2018
McCain has disappointed many Republican voters, voting last year against efforts to repeal Obamacare.
The senator’s daughter has also been critical of Trump, but has recently treated him more favorably, defending him on the issue of last month’s government shutdown and taking on author Michael Wolff, who wrote the salacious Trump expose “Fire and Fury.”
In December, the president reportedly called Sen. McCain’s wife to check on his health while receiving cancer treatment.
Trump may be known for hitting back, but he also knows when to be the bigger man and bury the hatchet.