Fox News analyst criticizes Trump over condolences tweet that avoided praising McCain

Fox News analyst Brit Hume took a swipe at President TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE over his tweet offering condolences to the family of GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainWhat we can learn from Bob Dole Biden nominates Meg Whitman as ambassador to Kenya Dole to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda MORE (Ariz.), who died Saturday at the age of 81.

Hume pointed out that Trump’s tweet avoided praising McCain himself, setting it vastly apart from the dozens of tributes to the late senator posted by lawmakers from both parties.

“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain,” Trump tweeted Saturday after the announcement of McCain’s death. “Our hearts and prayers are with you!”

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“Still not a kind word about McCain himself,” Hume replied.

Trump and McCain have had a contentious relationship that continued into the senator’s final weeks.

Throughout the Trump presidency, McCain has been a sharp critic of the president, most notably with his thumbs-down vote against a proposed GOP ObamaCare repeal.

Trump has repeatedly mocked McCain, from saying the senator was “not a war hero” because he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, to avoiding saying his name while signing a bill named after him.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump has told aides that he does not regret the comment mocking McCain for being a prisoner of war.

The White House did lower flags to half-staff after the news of McCain’s death from brain cancer.

It has been reported that McCain did not want Trump to attend his funeral, though former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush have been asked to deliver eulogies.