Melania Trump denies agreeing John McCain wasn't a war hero, Twitter says 'who cares'

Donald Trump's 2016 campaign manager Cory Lewandowski had said that Melania agreed with her spouse that John McCain was 'not a war hero'

                            Melania Trump denies agreeing John McCain wasn't a war hero, Twitter says 'who cares'
Melania Trump doesn't agree with Donald Trump's opinion on John McCain (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Preston Rescigno/Getty Images)

Former First Lady Melania Trump's office has denied reports which claimed that she shared her husband's opinion about the late Republican Senator John McCain not qualified to be called a "war hero".

According to a report published by Business Insider on Wednesday, July 21, ex-POTUS Donald Trump's 2016 campaign manager Cory Lewandowski said that Melania agreed with her spouse, who was then running for president after he said that the Arizona senator was "not a war hero," during a GOP primary event in Iowa. In July 2015 during the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Trump told the moderator Frank Luntz about McCain, who had been a prisoner of war in Vietnam, "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."


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'What McCain has done for the veterans has been shameful'

First Lady Melania Trump attends an event on the South Lawn of the White House on July 04, 2020 in Washington, DC (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Lewandowski reportedly said that her comments came while he and Trump met up with the ex-FLOTUS in New Jersey and they were discussing whether Trump should apologize for his demeaning opinion of McCain as it had the potential to end the then-business mogul's political career. "As we walked in the door, Mrs Trump was waiting for us," Lewandowski said. "She said: 'You're right. John McCain isn't a war hero. What he has done for the veterans has been shameful'."

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who worked closely with the ex-president during the 2016 campaign also told the outlet that Melania wasn't shy about sharing her thoughts with her husband. "Melania played a very limited role during the campaign not believing Donald would actually win," Cohen said. "However, when directly asked for her opinion on a matter by Donald, she offered it readily."

After the Business Insider report came out, the former first lady's office disputed Lewandowski's recollection, calling the information "inaccurate". "Mrs Trump respects and values all servicemen and women who have served and are currently serving our great Nation," her office said.

Sen John McCain (R-AZ) receives the the 2017 Liberty Medal from form Joe Biden at the National Constitution Center on October 16, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

'False story about Melania Trump'

A few conservatives called the report out on social media. Daily Caller contributor Kambree tweeted: "The business insider wrote a false story about Melania Trump. The lows the media will go try to destroy someone’s life is abhorrent. They can’t state facts so they make up lies. They have an obsession and need to seek help." Trump 2020 Campaign Co-Chair Veterans for Trump Jessie Jane Duff posted, "The impression is this article was published to make a gross attempt to degrade Melania Trump's exceptional legacy and positive public image as 1st Lady. Military veterans hold Mrs Trump in the highest regard for her devotion to our community. She ALWAYS extends grace and class."



Veterans 'don't respect' Melania Trump

However, most of the people slammed her for agreeing with her husband's low opinion of McCain. "She’s just like him. Tell me who you marry and I’ll tell you who you are," one of them said, while another commented, "I’m a military veteran and I don’t respect former First Lady Melania Trump whatsoever." A third remarked, "Question, who cares what an imported butt model thinks about a real American hero?" The next quipped, "Melania Trump will never be at the same level of icon that Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are today. And that’s on period."

One of them added, "Nope. I’m a U.S. Army veteran and I neither find Melania Trump to be exceptional, nor do I hold her in high regard." A commenter tweeted, "John McCain wasn't a war hero like Melania Trump wasn't a mail order birther whore." A person reacted with, "#BeBest anti-bully Melania trump doesn’t think John McCain is a war hero and also claims to speak several languages. I really don’t care what she thinks but wonder if she’s ever had an original thought? she plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech."