In a tweet, McCain announced she’d be returning home to her native Arizona to be with her father, six-term Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and her mother, Cindy McCain. The trip comes just days after the family marked the one-year anniversary of the senator’s battle with glioblastoma, the Arizona Republic reported.
“Going home to Arizona to be with my family to honor a year of tough fighting #glioblastoma by my father,” McCain wrote Thursday. “Will be back on @TheView Monday. Have a wonderful weekend.”
John McCain, who ran against Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, has remained in Arizona since he was diagnosed with the typically deadly form of brain cancer. His daughter Meghan has tried to fly home to Arizona every other week to spend time with her parents during this difficult time.
The senator’s illness hasn’t kept him totally out of the political sphere, however. He’s remained vocal in his criticism of President Donald Trump, who he recently bashed for abasing himself and playing into the hands of Russian leader Vladimir Putin during their summit earlier this week. He called the joint meeting ” … one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”
“The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate,” said John McCain said in a statement. “But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.”
“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin,” he added. “He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.”
Meghan has been more lukewarm in her support of Trump, who she claimed she’d never forgive for his repeated attacks on her father. Trump once mocked the ailing senator, suggesting he wasn’t a “real” war hero because he as taken as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.
The president’s comments are never going to be OK with me, especially at this moment in my life,” Meghan McCain said. “I’m never going to forgive it. I’m never going to move on from it.”
Fans have offered messages of love and support to the McCain family as the senator battles his illness.
“We love you and your family.”
“I am not a republican. That said, I think your father is one of the most honorable men I’ve ever seen. The balls it took to stay in Vietnam with his men. His honesty is unmatched. I respect him so much. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am praying for him.”
“Send him our best, and tell him that the nation is praying for him and your entire family.”