Trump continues attacks on McCain: Was never a fan

President Donald Trump is not backing down from his longstanding criticism of the late Senator John McCain. Trump declared Tuesday at the White House: “I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be.”

The comments showed Trump’s penchant to stew over long-held grievances, many of which he resurfaced in a flurry of weekend tweets targeting McCain, former Vice President Joe Biden, the news media, Democrats, General Motors, the Mueller investigation and others.

Sitting beside Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday, Trump said he remains “very unhappy” with McCain for the late senator's “disgraceful” vote that sank congressional Republicans' effort to repeal ObamaCare among “other things” that have angered him.

Trump took aim at McCain in a pair of weekend tweets for his reported role in passing a dossier full of explosive claims about Trump’s ties to Russia to federal law enforcement, in addition to his 2017 health care vote.

“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.’ Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel,” Trump wrote. “He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”

Trump also accused the “last in his class” McCain of sending “the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election.”

McCain had acknowledged he alerted then-FBI Director James Comey about the dossier, but only when he discovered its existence after the 2016 election.

A McCain associate said in a recent legal deposition that he distributed the dossier to media outlets but it is not clear if he did so at the senator’s direction.

Megan McCain, the late senator’s daughter, laid into Trump after his barrage of Twitter attacks.

“He spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it, and I know it and all of you know it, he will never be a great man,” she said on ABC’s “The View.” “My father was his kryptonite in life. He’s his kryptonite in death,” she added.