July 20, 2015 10:04:05 AM
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain said today that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump doesn't need to apologize to him for remarks about his captivity in Vietnam, but should tell veterans he's sorry.
Appearing in a nationally broadcast interview, the Arizona Republican said, "When Mr. Trump says he prefers to be with people who are not captured, the great honor of my life was to be in the company of heroes."
"I am not a hero ... I'm in the arena," said McCain, suggesting he's fair game for criticism as an elected official.
In an opinion piece published today in USA Today, Trump said McCain has abandoned the nation's veterans and made America "less safe" through his votes in Congress.
The real estate executive also lashed out at fellow GOP presidential aspirants who have criticized his remarks, calling them "failed politicians." Trump said he did not need "to be lectured by any of them."
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