Sen. John McCain defended himself on Wednesday after claims from 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump that the Arizona Republican has failed his fellow American veterans.
“John McCain and the establishment in Washington have treated the vets so badly,” Trump said Tuesday evening on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
“He’s been, you know, one of the people in charge, and he’s done a very poor job,” he added.
And last month, Trump said McCain was “not a war hero” just because he was captured while serving in the Vietnam War.
McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a “Fact-check” statement listing things he has done on veterans issues, to combat the “false attack” by Trump.
“As Ronald Reagan used to say, ‘facts are stubborn things,’ and Senator McCain’s long history of working on behalf of his fellow veterans is clear,” the statement said.
In the last year alone, McCain authored two bills that were made into law — one that allowed veterans to seek healthcare at private facilities, among other reforms, and another that strengthened military suicide prevention programs.