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President Trump plans to ignore John McCain until after his passing, report says
According to a new report, President Donald Trump plans to ignore Sen. John McCain until he passes. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Trump plans to ignore John McCain until after his passing, report says

Despite the fact that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is nearing the end of his life amid a tough battle with terminal cancer, President Donald Trump will continue to snub him, according to a new report.

The news comes after McCain's family announced on Friday that McCain will discontinue medical treatment, a signal he is nearing his final days.

What are the details?

According to the Washington Post, Trump wants to remain silent about McCain until after his passing.

This confirms the White House's recent strategy of not giving McCain attention. Trump did not release a statement following Friday's news, nor did he mention McCain's name after signing a bill with McCain's namesake earlier this month.

The news is just the latest development in the rocky relationship between McCain and Trump. The Arizona senator, who lost his own bid for the White House in 2008, was a frequent critic of Trump during the 2016 campaign and remains one today. Trump, on the other hand, has repeatedly disparaged McCain, even once claiming McCain is "not a war hero" because he was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

Trump never backtracked on the comment, nor has he apologized for it since. According to the Post, Trump has told those around him he does not regret making it.

Despite the tumultuous relationship, McCain offered Trump his endorsement in 2016, only to retract it after the release of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump can be heard bragging about sexually assaulting women.

Their relationship has only worsened since Trump became president, especially after McCain voted against the Obamacare repeal last year, an effort the White House spearheaded. Trump told his advisers he believed McCain voted against the measure out of personal spite.

Finally, in May, it was reported that McCain has explicitly told his family that Trump is not invited to his funeral. Vice President Mike Pence will be invited. Meanwhile, former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama will serve as eulogists.

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