Rep. Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert Johnson Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan Lobbying world Social Security is approaching crisis territory MORE (R-Texas) slammed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE for disparaging fellow former prisoner of war Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEsper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander Democratic super PAC targets McSally over coronavirus response GOP senator suspending campaign fundraising, donating paycheck amid coronavirus pandemic MORE's military service.

Johnson, who has served in the House since 1991, said that Trump's remarks over the weekend mocking the Arizona Republican for being captured during the Vietnam War were insulting to all American POWs.

"When Trump said 'I like people who weren't captured,' that's just one more slap in the face to ALL FAITHFUL American POWs, whether it’s Louis Zamperini, Jim Stockdale, or your own quiet family member who doesn’t like to relive those days of torture," Johnson said in a statement to The Hill.

Trump suggested during the 2015 Family Leadership Summit on Saturday that McCain didn't deserve recognition as a war hero.


“He was a war hero because he was captured,” Trump sarcastically told host Frank Luntz. “I like people who weren’t captured.”

McCain was as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for six years and still bears scars from torture during his stay in the so-called "Hanoi Hilton." 

Johnson similarly spent seven years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, including three and a half years in solitary confinement. 

"These individuals deserve our utmost respect. As a Prisoner of War for nearly seven years, more than half of that time in solitary confinement, I promise you I don't feel like a hero, but I do know that with the help of God I did my best to defy my captors, stand up for freedom, and return with honor," Johnson said.

McCain said Monday that Trump didn't owe him a personal apology, but should express regret about his comments to all prisoners of war.

"He might owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country," McCain said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe.""

McCain may have drawn Trump's ire after describing attendees at the real estate mogul's rally in Arizona as "crazies."

Trump so far has refused to back down from his comments, despite criticism from fellow Republican presidential contenders like Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), as well as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.