Trump says McCain's book 'bombed': report

Trump says McCain's book 'bombed': report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE reportedly took a shot at the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Video depicting Trump killing media, critics draws backlash Backlash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics Cindy McCain condemns video of fake Trump shooting political opponents, late husband MORE (R-Ariz.) at a private lunch with television anchors, saying his book “bombed.”

The New York Times reported that Trump met with the television anchors just hours before his State of the Union address to both chambers of Congress, with sources in the room telling the Times of Trump's comments regarding McCain.

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“By the way, he wrote a book and the book bombed,” Trump reportedly said, apparently referring to McCain’s book, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations.”

McCain was critical of Trump in the book, which was published just months before he passed away.

Trump was at odds with the Senate stalwart ever since McCain voted against Trump’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more commnly known as ObamaCare.

McCain, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2008, was a frequent and vocal critic of Trump.

Trump also lashed out at prominent Democrats during the closed-door lunch, knocking former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE as “dumb” and calling Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump defends 'crime buster' Giuliani amid reported probe Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support Trump urges Louisiana voters to back GOP in governor's race then 'enjoy the game' MORE (D-N.Y.) “a nasty son of a bitch.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

McCain's daughter Meghan criticized Trump's words in a tweet.

 

"The president’s obsession with my father 6 months after his death is pathetic and telling - even at a time when he should be focusing on his message to the American public and the state of our union - the greatness of my father’s life and legacy haunts you," she tweeted.