Cindy McCain won’t commit to voting for Trump

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"I can’t answer that right now," she told the BBC's Yalda Hakim. "I think at this point, I’d like to see some softening of the rhetoric, I really would. It’s hurtful."

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John McCain and Trump had a publicly contentious relationship up until the Arizona Republican's death in August. He died about a year after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Cindy McCain in recent days has spoken out publicly for the first time since her husband's death. 

She told the BBC that she doesn't "even know if [Trump's] gonna run." 

"And he’s not sure," she added, saying she based the claim on whisperings that she has heard. Trump has already started his 2020 campaign.

Hakim also asked Cindy McCain about Trump's statements implying that her late husband was not a war hero.

"I thought it was inappropriate and wrong," Cindy McCain said. "I really did. It hurt the family too. He hurt the other men that served with John."

She added that she doesn't know if she can "ever get over it."

"But I’m the wife, that’s my prerogative, I don’t have to," she said. 

Trump, in widely criticized remarks from shortly after he launched his presidential bid, insisted John McCain was "not a war hero" because he was captured in North Vietnam.

"I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said in 2015.

Trump has repeatedly mocked John McCain during campaign-style rallies, even as the senator underwent treatment for cancer in Arizona. The president took particular issue with John McCain's 2017 decision to vote "no" on a bill that would have largely repealed ObamaCare.

John McCain, who reportedly reserved his harshest criticisms of Trump for private conversations, occasionally spoke out against the president's conduct. 

Trump did not attend John McCain's memorial service in Washington, D.C., reportedly at the family's request.

"It was important to me that we kept it respectful and calm and not politicized," Cindy McCain explained on BBC. "It’s sounding funny coming from a political family in a political country, but it was important that we kept it with dignity."