Sen. Isakson calls Trump's McCain remarks 'deplorable,' but few GOP colleagues weigh in

NBC News | 3/20/2019 | Staff
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WASHINGTON — One Republican senator pointedly called President Donald Trump’s comments disparaging the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., “deplorable” on Wednesday — one of only two GOP lawmakers to weigh in on the latest controversy.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said that Trump’s remarks over the past several days had been inappropriate.

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“I want to be crystal clear: We can talk about the politics of the military any way we want to, but we don’t talk about veterans any way but to brag on them for the service they render and the job that they do,” he told radio interviewer Bill Nigut of Georgia Public Broadcasting.

“It’s deplorable what he said... It will be deplorable seven months from now if he continues to say it, and I will continue to speak out.”

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“There aren’t Democratic casualties and Republican casualties on the battlefield — there are American casualties," added Isakson, chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee. "We should never reduce the service that people give to this country.”

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Mitt Romney of Utah was the only other Republican senator to directly criticize Trump publicly over his remarks since the president launched the first of several days of fresh attacks on McCain.

“I can’t understand why the president would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country and God,” Romney, McCain's former presidential primary rival, tweeted Tuesday.

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The latest broadsides by the president, which began Saturday, have included a string of complaints ranging from McCain's decision to pass the so-called Steele dossier containing allegations about the president's conduct on to the FBI to McCain's vote against repealing Obamacare to his record on veterans issues, support for the Iraq War, and funeral plans.

Before Isakson sat down for the...
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