Trump: McCain 'did the nation a tremendous disservice' with ObamaCare vote

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE criticized the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Defending their honor as we hear their testimony MORE in an interview Thursday night with Fox News's Sean Hannity, saying the Arizona Republican “did the nation a tremendous disservice” by voting against a GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare in 2017.

"He did the Republican Party a tremendous disservice and he did the nation a tremendous disservice, tremendous, and it's unfortunate," Trump said in the interview on "Hannity."


"He went thumbs-down at the very last moment and I thought it was a disgraceful thing to do and very, very bad for our country and bad for health care,” Trump said, referring to the literal thumbs-down the late senator gave to the repeal at the time.

"It was done and then John McCain, at the very last moment, late in the evening, went thumbs-down and everybody said, 'What was that?'" he said.

The president’s comments mark just the latest criticism he has directed toward McCain, who died from brain cancer in August 2018.

Last month, Trump also railed against the senator for his connection to a dossier of claims about him and Russia and complained about not receiving a “thank you” for giving the senator the “kind of funeral that he wanted.”

"I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this, I didn't get a thank you. That's OK," he said while delivering remarks to workers at a factory in Ohio.

In March, Trump said he would again try to repeal ObamaCare, though after Republicans in the Senate said they had no intention of starting a new health care fight he relented and suggested it would be done after the 2020 election.

Trump told Hannity that he and Republicans are hopeful of finding another solution to health care, saying, "We’re going to do things that nobody has ever seen on health care, but we have to get back the House.” 

Democrats won by the House majority in 2018, partly by running against the GOP and Trump on health care.