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Trump Wishes John McCain Well, Calls Him ‘A Crusty Voice in Washington’

President Donald Trump gave a shout-out to John McCain during his speech commemorating “Made in America” week, as the senator recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot.

“And I can tell you, we hope John McCain gets better very soon, because we miss him,” Trump said.

“He’s a crusty voice in Washington. Plus, we need his vote,” the president quipped.

A vote for the Senate GOP’s health care bill has been delayed, since the Arizona Republican had to undergo emergency surgery. He will not return to Washington until at least next week, at which point the president will reapply pressure on the Senate to push through the health legislation.

For those (like myself) who were wondering what exactly Trump meant by “crusty,” Google’s dictionary defines it as a term used to describe an “outspoken and irritable” old person. For example, it could refer to “a crusty old grandfather.”

Trump and McCain have maintained a particularly fraught relationship since the New York reality TV star launched his unlikely bid for the presidency in 2015. McCain refused to endorse Trump for president, and during the campaign Trump said that the Vietnam veteran was only “a war hero because he was captured.”

“I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump — who evaded the Vietnam draft — said infamously.

Since, McCain has acted as a rare Republican thorn in the side of Trump during his presidency, often criticizing the administration on everything from the Russia investigation to foreign policy in Syria.

Watch above, via CBS.

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