The Georgia Republican, who is chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee, will reportedly speak out against the President’s treatment of the McCain months after his death, The Bulwark reported Tuesday.
It’s unclear when and where Isakson plans to deliver his remarks.
“I just want to lay it on the line, that this country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better. I don’t care if he’s president of the United States, owns all the real estate in New York, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world,” Isakson told The Bulwark. “Nothing is more important that the integrity of this country and those who fought and risked their lives for us all.”
Trump published several tweets over the weekend condemning McCain.
Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
The President told CNN Tuesday that he never cared for McCain and he doesn’t plan to change his mind any time soon.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a longtime friend of McCain, defended the departed Arizona Senator in a tweet Sunday, calling him “one of the most consequential senators in the history of the body.” Graham, however, did not specifically admonish the president for his remarks — another indicator of his growing affinity for Trump.
As to @SenJohnMcCain and his devotion to his country: He stepped forward to risk his life for his country, served honorably under difficult circumstances, and was one of the most consequential senators in the history of the body. (1/2)— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 17, 2019
Sen. Mitt Romney decided to take the route opposite of Graham and bash the president. “I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain,” Romney said Tuesday in a tweet.
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.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 19, 2019
McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died at age 81 in 2018. He served in the Senate for 31 years.