White House staff wonders if Trump's attacks on McCain are strategic

A new report claims President Trump is "creating a bizarre spectacle to displace criticism" over his lukewarm response to the deadly shooting in New Zealand and the imminent Mueller report.
2:13 | 03/21/19

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Transcript for White House staff wonders if Trump's attacks on McCain are strategic
Our other big story this morning is president trumps intensifying attacks on the late John McCain. He's been criticizing the former senator and war hero for days but is newest attack got even more personal. And now White House staffers are reportedly questioning the president's strategy ABC's Elizabeth her is here with more Elizabeth good morning. Today good morning to you and yet McCain's daughter meg yeah and if calling it a bizarre new low and now Politico is reporting at some people even close to trump are asking and I quote here. Why are we doing this. President trump ramping up his attacks on Senator John McCain who died seven months ago. Speaking at eighteen factory in Ohio you know John McCain receive duty. The fake and phony. Dossier to hear about the dusty. He checked opening the FBI hoping to put me in jeopardy. The pro military crowd remaining silent as the president blasted the Lee senator and war hero over his funeral. I gave them the kind of funeral that he wanted which as president I had to approve. I don't care about this I didn't get thank you that's okay. Overnight Politico citing people close to trump reporting that the president might be constantly trying to remake the news environment creating a bizarre spectacle. To displease criticism according to Politico of his tepid response to the New Zealand massacre. The administration's timing of the grounding of the Boeing 737. Max jetliners. And the imminent release of special counsel Robert Morse report. Strategy or not some Republicans on Capitol Hill aren't coming to McCain's defense. On Twitter senate majority leader Mitch McConnell calling his good friend an American hero while not directly condemning trump. But other GOP senators did go further it's deplorable what he said. Presents. Comments about Senator McCain hurt him more than they are the legacy of Senator McCain. And the president continues to slam that mall a report calling it ridiculous but he says he believes it should be released to the public. To name and Elizabeth says he doesn't know when it will be released but he said let's see if it's fair thank you Elizabeth.

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