McCain responds after Trump trashes his record as a war hero

By Char Adams
Updated July 20, 2015 12:45 PM
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Sen. John McCain has responded to Donald Trump‘s remarks mocking his military service as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

McCain said that Trump, 69, does not owe him an apology for his comments about soldiers captured in war. Rather, McCain thinks Trump should be addressing the veterans of the U.S. military, according to NBC News.

During a question-and-answer session at the Iowa Family Leadership Summit on Saturday, moderator Frank Luntz described McCain, 78, as a war hero.

Trump, apparently, did not agree.

“He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

The real estate mogul’s comments drew criticism from supporters of the Arizona senator.

McCain, a former naval pilot, spent nearly six years as a prisoner of war at the Hoa Lé Prison, where he was repeatedly tortured.

Other Republicans called for Trump to apologize, but when asked on MSNBC whether he personally wants an apology, McCain said no.

“I think [Trump] may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving our country,” he said.

In an interview on Monday with Matt Lauer, Trump said that he did refer to McCain as a war hero. But he did not apologize for his initial comment.

McCain said that it was his honor to “serve in the company of heroes,” Yahoo! reports.

“I’m not a hero,” McCain said. “But those who were my senior ranking officers those that have inspired us to do things that we otherwise wouldn’t have been capable of doing, those are the people that I think he owes an apology to.”

Trump is leading the slew of Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls. However, many reports suggest that the mogul could soon experience a party-backed decline.