WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has attacked John McCain for the third day this week, claiming in an interview set to air Friday that the deceased senator inappropriately shared information with the FBI.
“John McCain … gave it to the FBI for very evil purposes,” Trump told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “That’s not good.”
Trump was referring to an unverified dossier suggesting improper ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
McCain received the dossier after the 2016 election and provided it to the FBI, according to testimony from an associate of the late senator from Arizona.
Trump has falsely claimed that this was done before the election and before the FBI began investigating his campaign.
The president’s ongoing comments on McCain, who died last August at age 81, has drawn criticism from the senator’s family and former colleagues.
Trump posted multiple tweets disparaging McCain on Saturday. When a reporter asked why, on Monday, Trump said he was not a “fan” of the senator.
On Wednesday, Trump made extended remarks criticizing the iconic Republican during remarks at a tank manufacturing plant in Lima, Ohio.
“I gave him the funeral he wanted, which as president I had to approve,” Trump said. “I don’t care about this. I didn’t get a thank you. That’s okay. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”
As McCain battled brain cancer, he made it known that Trump would not be welcome at his funeral.
According to the transcript from Friday’s upcoming interview, Trump said he continued to discuss McCain because the media kept asking him about it.
His rant on Wednesday, however, was unprompted and a full day after he had faced a question on the matter.