Responding to comments by Donald Trump that he is not a war hero, Arizona Sen. John McCain says he believes the Republican presidential hopeful owes an apology to other military veterans.
"I think the point here is that there's so many men and some women who served and sacrificed and happened to be held prisoner, and somehow to denigrate that in any way, their service, in any way I think is offensive to most of our veterans,'' McCain said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday.
At an event on Saturday, Trump said McCain — a former naval pilot taken prisoner for almost six years during the Vietnam War — is "not a war hero." Trump added: "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured."
Shortly after this statement, Trump said: "He's a war hero because he was captured. Okay, I believe — perhaps he's a war hero."
"In the case of many of our veterans, when Mr. Trump said that he prefers to be with people who are not captured, well a great honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes,'' McCain said. "I'm not a hero, but those who were my senior officers, people like Col. Bud Day, Congressional Medal of Honor winner, those who inspired us to do things that we otherwise wouldn't have been capable of doing, those are the people that I think he owes an apology to."
Trump did not apologize for his comments during an appearance on TODAY Monday, but said McCain is a war hero.