Meghan McCain Slams Donald Trump, Says She'll Continue Fighting Putin Because U.S. President Won't

The daughter of late Senator John McCain ripped President Donald Trump and his administration on Wednesday over what she claimed was a failure to properly check Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The View co-host Meghan McCain announced she would speak at an event in the United Kingdom's House of Commons honoring her father, who played an instrumental role in the passage of the Magnitsky Act in 2012 and in checking Putin's regime.

McCain said she would be accepting an award on her father's behalf. John McCain died in August after battling brain cancer for more than a year and was considered a legend among Republicans and Democrats alike.

"I will be gone from @TheView tomorrow and Friday. I am going to London to speak @HouseofCommons and then to accept the Magnitsky award on behalf of my father and all who continue the fight against Putin's tyrannous KGB dictatorship," McCain tweeted.

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McCain elaborated with a second tweet, deriding the Trump administration as "too ignorant or too unscrupulous" to push back against Putin.

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She said, "While the Trump's and their administration continue to be too ignorant or too unscrupulous to fight against Putin's global expansion and murderous regime - I promise on behalf of my father to spend the rest of my life doing all that I can to help fight and speak out against it."

Trump's critics have blasted and questioned his kind words for Putin, including the president's initial statement in Helsinki earlier this year, in which he claimed to believe Putin's denials over the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Meghan McCain has taken shots at Trump before. During her eulogy for her father in September, McCain appeared to reference the current commander-in-chief. She's repeatedly questioned Trump's actions since he took office.

"We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served," McCain said at the Washington National Cathedral service.

The late senator publicly battled with Trump well before the billionaire won the White House. Trump said he only liked people who were "not captured," unlike John McCain, who was imprisoned and tortured for six years during the Vietnam War. The president also repeatedly referenced McCain's "no" vote on legislation that would have ended Obamacare.

The London event, hosted by the neoconservative Henry Jackson Society on Thursday, is titled "The McCain Legacy and the Magnitsky Act." It will include a discussion about McCain's instrumental part in passing the human rights legislation named after accountant Sergei Magnitsky, who exposed deep corruption and money laundering within Putin's regime and was allegedly killed over his discoveries.

The act promised sanctions against countries found to have committed human rights abuses and its name is known to have enraged Putin.

Meghan McCain delivers a eulogy during the funeral service for her father, U.S. Senator John McCain, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on September 1. Meghan McCain said Wednesday she intended to “fight against [Vladimir] Putin’s tyrannous KGB dictatorship,” unlike President Donald Trump. Getty Images/Mark Wilson
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