'Pathetic and telling': Meghan McCain responds after Trump reportedly taunted John McCain after his death

  • President Donald Trump reportedly reignited his feud with the late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
  • During a private luncheon with TV news anchors, Trump reportedly mentioned McCain's infamous vote against the "skinny" plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.
  • "By the way ... he wrote a book and the book bombed," Trump also said of McCain.
  • The late senator's daughter, Meghan, called Trump's reported remarks "pathetic."

President Donald Trump reignited his feud with the late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, according to a New York Times report published on Tuesday.

During a private luncheon with TV news anchors, Trump reportedly mentioned McCain's infamous vote against the "skinny" plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. In 2017, McCain made waves after he joined the 49-51 vote against repealing portions of the ACA with his decisive thumbs-down vote.

And Trump took another jab at the now-deceased senator and Vietnam veteran: "By the way ... he wrote a book and the book bombed."

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UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: TV RATINGS--Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., during hearing on the TV ratings system. (Photo by Douglas Graham/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
20th August 1992: The Republican Senator from Arizona, John McCain, speaking at the Republican National Convention. A fomer prisoner of war for several years in Vietnam, he contested his party's nomination for the 2000 election. (Photo by Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images)
HANOI, VIET NAM: U.S. Sen. John McCain, a former POW, looks 31 May 1993 at a display of personal belongings of American POWs at the joint POW/MIA archives center in the Hanoi Army Museum. McCain is with U.S. Sen. John Kerry and a delegation on a two-day visit aimed at obtaining more access to archives dealing with the fate of missing U.S. servicemen. (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 18: MCCAIN'S DAY--Sen John McCain, R-Ariz., relaxes in his office at about 2:15 p.m. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 02: McCAIN BILL--John McCain,R-Ariz.,during a press conference on the McCain Bill and tobacco legislation. (Photo by Douglas Graham/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US Senator John McCain, R-AZ, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation begins the start of a hearing on the investigation of the scandal surrounding the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC 14 April, 1999. AFP PHOTO/Mario TAMA (Photo credit should read MARIO TAMA/AFP/Getty Images)
HANOVER, : US Senator John McCain speaks to reporters 27 October,1999 in Hanover, New Hampshire. McCain criticized sugar, oil, and corn (shown behind) subsidies and linked them to 'soft money' campaign contributions. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Luke FRAZZA (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, : Republican president hopeful John McCain greets supporters as he arrives at a debate forum sponsored by a local television station 02 December, 1999, in Manchester, New Hampshire. McCain will debate the other Republican candidates seeking the party's presidential nomination. (DIGITAL IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/John MOTTERN (Photo credit should read JOHN MOTTERN/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: John McCain addresses a shadow convention at the Annenberg Center of the University of Pennsylvania. McCain was booed when he asked suppoters to back his former primary opponent, George W. Bush. The shadow convention was put on near the site of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia to highlight issues that the organizers say the major parties are ignoring. (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
CAMDEN, UNITED STATES: GOP presidential hopeful US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) waves during an 'Old Fashion BBQ and Stump Meeting' on the front yard of a supporter's house 08 January 2000 in Camden, South Carolina. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
PETERBOROUGH, NH - JANUARY 30: Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain (L) and his wife Cindy are showered with confetti following McCain's final town meeting 30 January, 2000 in Peterborough, New Hampshire. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read C.J. GUNTHER/AFP/Getty Images)
GREENWOOD, : Republican presidential hopeful John McCain makes a point 14 February 2000 during a town hall meeting at the American Legion Post 20 in Greenwood, South Carolina. McCain is campaigning heavily in the southern state against Texas Governor Geroge W. Bush ahead of the 19 February 2000 primary. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Tim SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1789 -- Pictured: (l-r) Senator John McCain during an interview with host Jay Leno on March 1, 2000 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 30: Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on climate change. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 12: TEMPORARY GUEST WORKERS--Witness Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during the Senate Judiciary Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship Subcommittee hearing titled 'Evaluating a Temporary Guest Worker Proposal.' (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 28: SENATE POLICY LUNCHES--Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks to reporters after the Senate GOP policy luncheon. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 20: U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) addresses The Northern Virginia Technology Council's Titans breakfast at the Capitol Hilton September 20, 2006 in Washington, DC. McCain spoke on a variety of subjects, including telecommunications legislation, net neutrality, research and development tax credits, immigration, and Internet taxes. He also addressed the rift that he and several other Republican senators are having with the White House over the Geneva Conventions. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - JULY 04: US Senator John McCain (C) holds a press conference at ISAF HQ in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 4, 2017. US Senator John McCain visited the headquarters of NATO-led mission after his visit at Pakistan. (Photo by Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2017 -- U.S. Senator John McCain is swarmed by reporters as he leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. July 13, 2017. Senate Republicans of the U.S. Congress on Thursday unveiled a new healthcare bill that they hoped can fulfill their long-time goal to 'repeal and replace' the Affordable Care Act. (Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images)
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McCain died on August 25, 2018 after a long battle with brain cancer. Trump was not invited to his funeral.

McCain wrote numerous memoirs spanning his storied career in the US Navy and as a longtime Arizona senator. In his last memoir published in May 2018, the senator warned of "spurious nationalism" and criticizes Trump for downplaying the threat Russia poses to Western democracies, as noted by the US intelligence community.

"I'm not sure what to make of President Trump's convictions," Sen. McCain wrote in "The Restless Wave."

"The appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values."

Trump's feud with McCain was on full display during the first half of his presidency and the 2016 US presidential campaign, but Trump's insults toward McCain stretch back for decades. During a CBS interview with anchor Dan Rather in 1999, Trump downplayed McCain's military service.

"Does being captured make you a hero," Trump said in the interview, referring to McCain's time as a prisoner-of-war during the Vietnam War. He revived those remarks in 2015.

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Roberta McCain (C), age 106, mother of John McCain, listens with Meghan McCain (L), daughter of John McCain, as US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the ceremony honoring the late US Senator August 31, 2018 in the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R), speaks as Roberta McCain, mother of late U.S. Senator John McCain and his daughter Meghan McCain (L) look on as his body lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, U.S., August 31, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Meghan McCain, daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, cries over the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., August 29, 2018. Jae C. Hong/Pool via REUTERS
U.S. Senator John McCain's daughters Meghan (L) and Bridget (R) follow Senator McCain's casket into the Arizona State Capitol where he will lie in state in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Roberta McCain (R), mother of late U.S. Senator John McCain and his daughter Meghan McCain look on as his body lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, U.S., August 31, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R), speaks as Roberta McCain, mother of late U.S. Senator John McCain and his daughter Meghan McCain (L) look on as his body lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, U.S., August 31, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Cindy McCain (R), wife of late US Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, her daughter Meghan (L) and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis watch as his flag-draped casket arrives on a military airplane at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, August 30, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 31: Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, touches the casket during the ceremony honoring the late US Senator inside the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. A Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton, Farone said McCain did what was right. 'He never took the easy way out, he knew actions speak louder than words and he never tweeted about it. He just got it done,' she said. The late senator died August 25 at the age of 81 after a long battle with brain cancer. He will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Friday, a rare honor bestowed on only 31 people in the past 166 years. Sen. McCain will be buried at his final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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McCain's daughter, Meghan, called Trump's remarks published by The Times on Tuesday "pathetic."

"The president's obsession with my father 6 months after his death is pathetic and telling," Meghan said on Twitter.

"Even at a time when he should be focusing on his message to the American public and the state of our union - the greatness of my father's life and legacy haunts you."

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