Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) is meeting briefly with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) while campaigning in McCain’s home state of Arizona on Tuesday.
A campaign source confirmed the news to FOX59 after earlier reports surfaced that Pence requested a meeting with McCain at the airport in Phoenix before Pence’s campaign event there Tuesday evening.
The source told FOX59 the meeting was scheduled before news broke Tuesday that Donald Trump was not ready to endorse McCain in the Arizona senate race.
Earlier in the week, McCain was very critical of Trump’s handling of the controversy over the fallen Muslim soldier whose parents blasted Trump at the Democratic National Convention.
In a statement on Monday, McCain said, in part:
“In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.”
In an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday, Trump said the following about endorsing McCain:
“I haven’t endorsed John McCain… I’ve never been there with John McCain because I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets,” Trump continued. “He has not done a good job for the vets and I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets. So I’ve always had a difficult time with John for that reason, because our vets are not being treated properly. They’re not being treated fairly.”
Trump also made waves earlier this election cycle, saying that “he preferred war heroes who don’t get captured” when discussing McCain, who was a prisoner of war during his time in the military.