Meghan McCain slams Kamala Harris for 'sacrifice in Vietnam' tweet honoring her dad

Meghan McCain wants Kamala Harris to 'spend every second making sure every single American and Afghan ally is out of harms way' to honor her dad


                            Meghan McCain slams Kamala Harris for 'sacrifice in Vietnam' tweet honoring her dad
Meghan McCain slams Kamala Harris on her dad's death anniversary (Photos by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Netflix and Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Meghan McCain, who earlier this month made a low-key departure from ‘The View’, continues to express her disdain for the Democratic White House administration on social media, away from the daytime talk show. At the receiving end of her attack this time was vice president Kamala Harris. And it was in regards to her weeklong tour of Southeast Asia, a trip that brought her to Singapore and Vietnam, in a bid to strengthen US ties to the Indo-Pacific region to counter China’s growing military and economic influence there.

The VP’s account had tweeted, “I am honored to be here in Vietnam. Vietnam, and all of Southeast Asia, matters to the people, prosperity, and security of the United States.” In another tweet, Harris said, “Today, on the three-year anniversary of his passing, I paid my respects to an American hero, Senator John McCain. At this site in 1967, then-Lieutenant Commander McCain was shot down. We honor his sacrifice in Vietnam, and the sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform.”

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Former United States Senator for Arizona John McCain died on August 25, 2018, with his wife and family beside him, at his home in Cornville, Arizona. He was 81. The Republican politician was in the US Navy, and on October 26, 1967, while on a bombing run over the North Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, his aircraft was struck by a Vietnamese ground-based anti-aircraft missile.

"Just as I released the bombs and started to pull back on the stick, a surface-to-air missile took the right wing off my airplane. My airplane violently gyrated. I ejected," McCain recounted in 2003. McCain was knocked out by the impact and landed in the lake below. Both McCain's arms were broken, so was his shoulder, and his knee was shattered. 

He was pulled out of the water by a Vietnamese mob and was stabbed, beaten, and taken to a prison commonly referred to as the "Hanoi Hilton." Because of the prominence of McCain's family, his captors offered him early release. But McCain repeatedly refused the offer because his fellow POWs would not be released as well. "A number of times they were strong in their tactics trying to get me to possibly embarrass my father and our country," McCain said. He spent most of his time in solitary confinement and endured incessant torture.

Following Harris’ tweet, Meghan wrote on Twitter, “If you want to honor my dads legacy on this anniversary of his death - you would spend every second making sure every single American and Afghan ally is out of harms way. He was nothing if not someone who understood sacrifice and loyalty to the people he served with.”



 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, August 25, that as many as 1,500 Americans may still be awaiting evacuation from Afghanistan. The country that fell under Taliban control in the last few weeks has seen turmoil and death. Thousands of at-risk Afghans have been struggling to get into the Kabul airport. Blinken said the State Department estimated there were about 6,000 Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan when the airlift began August 14, and that about 4,500 of them had been evacuated so far. The 6,000 figure is the first public estimate by the State Department of how many Americans were seeking to get out when the Taliban completed its takeover of Afghanistan. "Some are understandably very scared," Blinken told a State Department news conference.

Blinken said, "There is no deadline on our work to help any remaining American citizens who decide they want to leave to do so, along with the many Afghans who have stood by us over these many years, and want to leave, and have been unable to do so. That effort will continue, every day, past August 31."

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