"I have faced tougher adversaries", he said of Trump.
U.S. Sen. John McCain jabbed Monday night at unnamed pushers of isolationist politics, saying at his National Constitution Center Liberty Medal ceremony in Philadelphia that abandoning America's role as an worldwide leader is "unpatriotic". "But at some point I fight back, and it won't be pretty". "I'm being very, very nice, but at some point I fight back and it won't be pretty".
The relationship between the pair - one a veteran lawmaker and war hero, the other a real estate tycoon and political neophyte before he assumed the presidency - has always been testy.
'We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil, ' McCain said.
Former Vice President Joe Biden presented McCain with the Liberty Medal.
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Among Republicans who have criticized the president, Senator McCain has emerged as a particularly vocal detractor.
Asked yesterday whether this was a rebuke of his party's president, McCain added that he was really referring to "America Firsters" - which only reinforced impressions that Trump and his followers were his intended targets.
Another political foe, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said on Twitter: "Ran against him, sometimes disagree, but proud to be a friend of @SenJohnMcCain: hero, champion of character and last night, Lincolnesque".
The senior White House official said Kilmeade and others should focus on areas that McCain and Trump agree on.
President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., October 16, 2017. Not to put too fine a point on this, but there's literally nothing Donald Trump could realistically do to intimidate the Republican senator. "We thought we had it. John McCain voted no, which was a shocker".
McCain insisted in a tweet that "there's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate and bigotry" and the president should say so.