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Senator John McCain's New Book Rips President Donald Trump

Senator John McCain has had a long and dignified career. He has served as the senator for Arizona for six terms and is a war hero. He's been known as a 'maverick' who is willing to go against his own party.

Sadly, the 81-year-old was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, and is ready to retire. He apparently intends to go out with a bang. In his latest book, 'The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations’ , he lashes out at President Donald Trump.

McCain has never been a Trump supporter. Early on in Trump's campaign, McCain expressed concerns about the candidate, who he called 'uninformed and indeed dangerous statements on national security issues'.

McCain also called a room full of Trump supporters 'crazies'.

Trump lashed back at McCain, even mocking the former POW's record. "He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured... perhaps he was a war hero, but right now he's said a lot of very bad things about a lot of people," Trump said.

The feud continued, even as Trump became the presumptive nominee. At first, McCain promised to support Trump for the Republican party, though he never stopped expressing concern.

After news broke about obscene comments Trump made about women, McCain said he could no longer support Trump. He wasn't voting for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party candidate, but he said he would be writing in the name of a conservative Republican he felt was qualified.

McCain and Trump have had a very rocky relationship since then. The senator blasted the president for his staff choices. "Bigger misfits haven't been seen inside a White House since William Taft got stuck in his bathtub," he wrote.

One thing that McCain writes about in his book that seems to stick in his craw is that Trump doesn't seem to take Russian interference in the 2016 election seriously enough. "Trump seems to vary from refusing to believe what [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is doing to just not caring about it," he wrote.

McCain noted that Trump always cried 'America First', but that he isn't putting America first when he's 'taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community'.

McCain also feels the president's core beliefs are questionable.

"I'm not sure what to make of President Trump's convictions," McCain wrote. "The appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values."

McCain says Trump mocks 'the idea that America has any business at all promoting its values abroad'.

He also notes Trump shows a disturbing 'lack of empathy' for refugees.

"The way he speaks about them is appalling, as if welfare or terrorism were the only purposes they could have in coming to our country," the senator says.

He blasts Trump for attacking the free press, while he praises 'some of the world's worst tyrants' like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, president of China.

McCain says it's unclear what America's future is under Trump. "It is hard to know what to expect from President Trump, what's a pose, what's genuine," he wrote.

The senator doesn't believe Trump understands the significance of his office. "It is a moral obligation more important than the person who possesses it."

The book, co-written by Mark Salter, is slated for release on Tuesday.

Source: Business Insider
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