McCain on Trump reportedly mocking him: 'Nothing I can do about it'

McCain on Trump reportedly mocking him: 'Nothing I can do about it'
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing Democrats need a 'celebrity' candidate — and it's not Biden or Sanders Juan Williams: The high price of working for Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that he doesn't like President Trump mocking him over his health-care vote but that there's nothing he can do about it.

"I regret that he's doing it, but there's nothing I can do about it," McCain said, asked by The Hill about Trump's actions.


Trump is reportedly mocking McCain over his opposition to the Senate GOP's ObamaCare repeal legislation, including mimicking his dramatic thumbs down to the "skinny repeal" bill in July, according to Axios.

White House sources disputed that Trump physically mocked McCain in recent meetings, although the president did reportedly mention McCain’s “thumbs down” vote.

McCain added that he represents Arizona and "they know me."

"Those are the ones that I am representing and so, do I like it? No. But does it bother me? Not particularly," he said.

McCain, who has brain cancer, was one of three GOP senators who killed the ObamaCare repeal effort in July.

He also opposed legislation from GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy Ken Cuccinelli should be Trump's choice for DHS Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators GOP senators double down on demand for Clinton email probe documents MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senator issues stark warning to Republicans on health care Bipartisan senators offer bill to expand electric vehicle tax credit Menendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions MORE (La.) that would have replaced ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies with block grants to the states.

It's not the first time Trump has taken aim at McCain. Trump sparked bipartisan backlash after he mocked McCain's time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

"I like people who weren't captured," Trump said in 2015.

McCain recently noted that Trump never apologized for his comments.