McCain scolds Trump in new book

Arizona Senator accuses Trump of failing to uphold U.S. values in his new memoir.

Ben Ariel ,

John McCain
John McCain

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) scolds President Donald Trump in a new memoir to be released later this month.

In the book, McCain accuses the President of failing to uphold U.S. values by showering praise on international "tyrants," discrediting the media, ignoring human rights and demeaning refugees, reported Reuters, which quoted passages from the book.

"Flattery secures his friendship, criticism his enmity," said McCain, still one of the strongest voices in the Republican Party on foreign policy despite his battle with brain cancer, in "The Restless Wave," which he co-authored with longtime aide Mark Salter.

"It is hard to know what to expect from President Trump, what's a pose, what's legitimate," he added.

McCain and Trump have a history of disagreements. While McCain backed Trump in the presidential election in 2016, he previously said he has serious concerns about Trump, backing former Republican nominee Mitt Romney in his criticism.

When announcing he backed Trump, McCain also called on him to "retract" his prisoners of war criticism, in a sensitive topic given that McCain was himself the target of Trump's criticism, and likewise called for him to stop his personal attacks.

"Frankly, I have never seen the personalization of a campaign like this one, where people's integrity and character are questioned. It bothers me a lot. Because you can almost violently disagree with an issue, but to attack their character and their integrity - then those wounds take a long time to heal," said the senior senator.