Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney blasted President Trump on Tuesday for his recent string of criticism directed at the late Sen. John 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 said in a tweet.
Earlier on Tuesday, during an Oval Office meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Trump told reporters “I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be.”
“He campaigned on repealing and replacing ObamaCare for years and then he got to a vote and he said ‘thumbs down,’” Trump added. “I think that’s disgraceful, plus there are other things.”
McCain and Romney were fierce competitors during the 2008 GOP presidential primary, where McCain eventually captured the party’s nomination.