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Trump: We miss McCain, ‘plus we need his vote’

The Hill logo The Hill 7/17/2017 Ben Kamisar
Trump: We miss McCain, ‘plus we need his vote’ © Provided by The Hill Trump: We miss McCain, ‘plus we need his vote’ President Trump took a moment during Monday remarks to wish Sen. John McCain well as the Arizona Republican recovers from surgery to remove a blog clot above his eye.

"I can tell you, we hope John McCain gets better very soon because we miss him," Trump said during his "Made in America Product Showcase" event at the White House.

"He's a crusty voice in Washington, plus we need his vote."

Trump brought up McCain as he spoke about the GOP's attempts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

McCain's absence leaves Republicans officially unable to get the 50 votes needed to advance the healthcare bill, which was already facing an uncertain future and has no room for error.

"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement over the weekend.

The Arizona Republican's doctors announced over the weekend that that he had a procedure on Friday to remove the clot, and said the senator is recovering as he awaits the results of pathology tests.

McCain and Trump have had rocky relationship, fueled by a 2015 comment in which Trump said McCain was not a war hero because he had been captured.

McCain spent more than five years in a North Vietnamese prison camp after he was captured during the Vietnam War.

McCain has been a frequent critic of Trump both on the campaign trail and since his inauguration, lambasting him for attacking the family of a fallen Muslim soldier during the campaign and pushing back against his foreign policy.

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