McCain on Trump reportedly mocking him: 'Nothing I can do about it'

McCain on Trump reportedly mocking him: 'Nothing I can do about it'
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPence, Pompeo urged Trump to clarify Russia remarks: report GOP lawmaker renews call for Trump to release tax returns after Putin summit House conservatives criticize media, not Trump, for Putin furor MORE (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that he doesn't like President Trump mocking him over his health-care vote but that there's nothing he can do about it.

"I regret that he's doing it, but there's nothing I can do about it," McCain said, asked by The Hill about Trump's actions.


Trump is reportedly mocking McCain over his opposition to the Senate GOP's ObamaCare repeal legislation, including mimicking his dramatic thumbs down to the "skinny repeal" bill in July, according to Axios.

White House sources disputed that Trump physically mocked McCain in recent meetings, although the president did reportedly mention McCain’s “thumbs down” vote.

McCain added that he represents Arizona and "they know me."

"Those are the ones that I am representing and so, do I like it? No. But does it bother me? Not particularly," he said.

McCain, who has brain cancer, was one of three GOP senators who killed the ObamaCare repeal effort in July.

He also opposed legislation from GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE (La.) that would have replaced ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies with block grants to the states.

It's not the first time Trump has taken aim at McCain. Trump sparked bipartisan backlash after he mocked McCain's time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

"I like people who weren't captured," Trump said in 2015.

McCain recently noted that Trump never apologized for his comments.