Trump wishes McCain speedy recovery: ‘We need his vote’

President Trump on Monday wished Sen. John McCain a healthy recovery from surgery — but then immediately pivoted to stressing to his old foe’s value in pushing the Republican health care bill through the Senate.

Lawmakers have found themselves at a standstill on health care reform after news broke Saturday that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., underwent surgery to remove a blood clot and will need at least a week to recover. Without McCain’s vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., does not even have the support to bring his health care plan to the floor for debate.

“And I can tell you, we hope John McCain gets better very soon,” Trump said at a “Made in America” event at the White House on Monday afternoon.

“Because we miss him. He’s a crusty voice in Washington — plus, we need his vote,” he continued. “And he’ll be back. And he will be back sooner than somebody else would be back — he’ll be back soon.”

Trump also expressed confidence that the Senate will approve the bill, despite the fact that its fate — even with McCain in Washington — is far from certain.

“We’re going to get that done, and I think we’re going to surprise some people,” Trump said. “They’re pushing very hard, the Republican senators, they’re great people … and we’re getting it together and it’s going to happen.”

President Trump and Sen. John McCain, R-Arz., have often found themselves at odds. (Photos: Charles Platiau /Reuters, Mohammad Ismai/Reuters)

McCain and Trump have long found themselves at odds, stretching back to the GOP primary, when Trump criticized McCain’s military service.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said at a campaign event in July 2015, after Arizona’s senior senator said Trump was riling up “crazies” at rallies in his home state. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Trump’s dismissive comments drew widespread bipartisan condemnation. McCain’s plane…

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