Billionaire GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday he won’t apologize to John McCain for saying he is only a war hero “because he was captured.”
“No, not at all,” Trump told ABC’s This Week when asked whether he owed Trump an apology. “I’m very disappointed in John McCain because the vets are treated horribly in this country.”
At a forum for GOP candidates on Saturday, Trump questioned McCain’s status as a war hero and said that the Arizona senator had failed veterans. His comments were met with widespread condemnation from both sides of the aisle, including national GOP officials and nearly all of his presidential rivals.
Trump, who is currently leading several polls of GOP presidential contenders, said on Sunday that he would “do far more for veterans than anybody” and suggested that controversy over the comments was the result of less popular candidates “attacking me.”
In the interview, ABC’s Martha Raddatz noted that Trump has a pattern of blaming others when he’s been criticized for controversial remarks and asked whether he has ever regretted anything he has said. Trump said that he had but “surprisingly not that often.”