President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE on Friday called out Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainVoting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities Sinema, Manchin curb Biden's agenda A call to regular order: Joe Manchin and the anomaly of the NDAA MORE (R-Ariz.), though not by name, for his vote against ObamaCare repeal.
"Except for one senator, who came into a room at 3 o’clock in the morning and went like that, we would have had health care too, we would have had health care too, think of that," Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference, imitating the thumbs down motion that McCain made during a late-night vote to pass a repeal measure.
President Trump appears to slam Sen. John McCain over 2017 health care vote: "I don't want to be controversial so I won't use his name. What a mess." https://t.co/LfZRkoMely pic.twitter.com/rlpcIeLSra— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 23, 2018
McCain's vote in July was one of three key votes against a slimmed-down repeal bill that helped doom the repeal-and-replace effort.
Trump on Friday argued that despite McCain's vote, "we may be better off the way we’re doing it" — going after ObamaCare in a piece-by-piece way.
Trump has attacked McCain before, most prominently in 2015 over his service in the Vietnam War, where McCain was held as a prisoner of war, by saying, "I like people that weren't captured."