Fox News guest holds up photo of John McCain in case 'the president's watching'

A radio host held up a photo of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission MORE (R-Ariz.) during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday, saying he was doing so on “the off-chance the president’s watching.”

During the segment, Fox News anchor Leland Vittert asked Chip Franklin why he was holding up a photo of the late GOP senator.

“In the off-chance the president’s watching,” Franklin said. “Real heroes out there, Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE, others that have served this country, just a thought.”

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“This went off the rails," Vittert responded.

“No one on FOX was talking about Trumps sick pathos,” Franklin later wrote in a tweet defending his move to put the picture up. “It felt like the thing to do.”

McCain was a frequent Trump critic before his death in August 2018.

The White House last week asked that the USS John S. McCain be hidden during the president’s visit to Japan — a move that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said wasn’t “unreasonable.”

"The president's feelings towards the former senator are well known," Mulvaney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Trump visited two military outfits to cap off his weekend trip to Japan. The president then met with U.S. troops aboard the USS Wasp, where he wished them a "very happy Memorial Day."