Retired 3-star general and Fox Business guest says torture 'worked' on John McCain

The program's host later apologized for the military analyst's remark.

"The fact is John McCain – it worked on John," retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney told host Charles Payne. "That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.'"

Payne tweeted that McInerney's remark was "very false and derogatory" and "should have been challenged."

On Wednesday, McCain urged his Senate colleagues to vote "no" on Haspel's nomination because of her role in the CIA's enhanced interrogation program.

Haspel played key leadership roles at the CIA at the time when the agency was carrying out the controversial program.

"I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense," McCain said in a statement. "However, Ms. Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying. I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination."

But on Fox Business Network, McInerney insisted torture was an effective method that should be used.

After 35 years of service, McInerney left the military in 1994 after serving as the assistant vice chief of staff of the Air Force.

During the Obama administration, he routinely questioned whether the president was born in the United States.

Payne, the Fox program's host at the time McInerney made the remark, later on Thursday tweeted "My Apology to Senator McCain and his Family."

“This morning on a show I was hosting, a guest made a very false and derogatory remark about Senator John McCain. At the time, I had the control room in my ear telling me to wrap the segment, and did not hear the comment," Payne tweeted.

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