McCain Campaign Aide: He Would Be 'Very Happy' To See Trump 'Still Pissed Off At Him'

A former campaign aide to John McCain said Wednesday that the late GOP senator would be “very happy” to see that President Trump is “still pissed at him” amid the president’s renewed attacks.

“For me, I stay out of it,” Ford O’Connell, who served as McCain’s director of rural outreach for his 2008 presidential campaign, told Hill.TV. “But I also understand where Trump is coming from — I don’t always agree with his methodology, but I do see why he’s so hacked off at John McCain.”

“John McCain did not like Trump and he made it known and I’m sure that John McCain in his death would be very happy to see Trump is still pissed off at him,” O’Connell added.

Trump in recent days has renewed his attacks on McCain, who died in August following a battle with brain cancer.

In a series of tweets over the weekend, the president took a swipe at the late GOP senator, citing a dossier of unverified allegations about Trump's ties to Russia. Trump accused him without evidence of sending the dossier to media organizations "to have it printed BEFORE the election."

Still, O’Connell argued that despite the two figures' rocky political relationship, they have both made the party stronger in their own ways.

“I’m one of the few people who’s a John McCain supported and a Donald Trump supporter, and a lot people don’t see that squaring — I disagree,” he told Hill.TV.

“John McCain taught the Republican Party honor, Donald Trump taught us how to win.”

Watch the video and read more from Tess Bonn at The Hill

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