A California GOP congressman said Friday night that President Donald Trump would not stand up well under torture to defend Republican Senator John McCain while Trump surrogates continue to attack Arizona lawmakers and veterans over his service record.
Bill Maher of HBO asked Representative Duncan Hunter how long he thought the president could withstand the torture that the congressman, who has made three overseas tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, joked "not very long." (19659002) Maher agreed, "He would probably torture his torturers and talk about the election, no one thought I would turn 300," said the HBO presenter, referring to Trump's habit of relying on his electoral victory in the interviews.
Hunter's sincerity came after a week in which Trump denounced surrogates for insulting McCain, whose announcement that he would face CIA-Gina Haspel shook some in his own party. On Thursday, a guest on Fox Business News accused McCain of succumbing to torture during the Vietnam War, calling him "Songbird John." Also on Thursday, the special assistant to the president, Kelly Sadler, suggested that the views of McCain, who is fighting against brain tumor, are irrelevant, since the Arizona Republican "dies" anyway.
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Hunter, who campaigned for president early during the 2016 campaign, went on to call the onslaught of attacks "rotten", but dampened his criticism by saying that he also blatant jokes during his time in the armed Had made forces.
"I made the same John McCain joke with my friends who are other Marines," said the congressman. "If I were a better pilot, I would not be shot down." … I made this joke. But I can do it to my friends, not national television, as a candidate for the US presidency.
"It should not be done," he conceded.
Hunter's appearance in Maher's show also came out as the The Justice Department is investigating the representative of Southern California, the House Ethics Committee said in March.
Investigators said in a press release that Hunter may "spend tens of thousands of dollars Turning campaign funds from its Congressional Election Committee into personal use could include family travel, flights, utilities, health care, school uniforms and lessons, jewelry, food and other goods, services and expenses. "
" The Department of Justice is a delicate matter, "said Hunter when Maher briefly brought up the investigation.