McCain: Trump is nothing like Reagan

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy MORE (R-Ariz.) dismissed the idea that there are any comparison between President Trump and former President Reagan.

In an interview with David Axelrod for his CNN podcast “The Axe Files” that aired on the network on Saturday night, the former Obama adviser asked if McCain saw Trump as a “Reagan-like figure.”

“No, I don’t,” McCain answered.

"And I think it's pretty clear that there's a difference between, well, aren't we killers and the guy that stood there and said, 'Mr. Gorbachev, take down this wall,'" he said, referring to Reagan’s 1987 speech at the Berlin Wall.

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McCain was also recalling Trump’s February interview in which he seemed to be equating Russian President Vladimir Putin's tactics to the US.

“There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?" he said at the time. 

“He spoke out for the captive nations, he spoke out for the people who were behind the Iron Curtain," McCain said about Reagan. "And after the Iron Curtain fell, there were thousands who said ‘I heard Ronald Reagan, I listened to the Voice of America, I listened to Radio Free Europe — he gave us hope.'

“That’s a pretty big difference.”

Ronald Reagan’s son Michael Reagan has previously commented that he believes his father would not be fond of Trump.

In July 2016, speaking about the then presumptive Republican nominee, Reagan said the 40th president "would be confused by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE and the way he's running the campaign.”

"I don't think he'd be appreciative of the demeaning style of Donald Trump — the way he's treated the other candidates — because my father knew that at the end of the day he had to bring everyone together to win an election."