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Donald Trump Condemned by Bill Weld, Mitt Romney Over McCain Attacks: President's A 'National Embarrassment'

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld condemned President Donald Trump on Tuesday over his latest attacks on the late John McCain.

The president took to Twitter over the weekend to slam the former Arizona Republican senator—who passed away last August of brain cancer—for voting against repealing the Affordable Care Act in 2017 and allegedly playing a part in providing the FBI with a dossier compiled by Christopher Steele which contained information linking Trump to the Kremlin.

“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.’ Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel,” the president tweeted on Sunday. “He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”

The president added in a later tweet: “So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) ‘last in his class’ (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election. He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!”

Over the past few days, Trump has been widely-criticized for the tweets, with even some of his most loyal supporters wondering why the president felt it was necessary to attack a deceased veteran.

Romney on Tuesday tweeted: "I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God."

Weld also denounced the president’s actions in a Twitter post where he called Trump a “national embarrassment.” “@realDonaldTrump's continued attacks on John McCain are contemptible and beneath the dignity of our American democracy,” Weld wrote on Tuesday. “While @realDonaldTrump's senseless attacks on allies have become all too common, his defamation of a deceased American hero has reached a new low and raises serious concerns about his mental stability and moral integrity.”

He added: “John McCain was an American hero. @realDonaldTrump is a national embarrassment. BW #Weld2020”

Trump doubled down on his McCain frustrations on Monday, telling reporters during an Oval Office meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that he “was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be.”

McCain, who served as an Arizona lawmaker for more than 30 years, was generally respected by both Republicans and Democrats. In addition to being a 2008 GOP presidential nominee, McCain also spent more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.

GettyImages-1136869092 U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the Rose Garden of the White House March 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Getty/Alex Wong

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