Oh, this is one of those things that you just KNOW happened.
Courtesy of Newsweek:
Donald Trump reportedly complained that the coverage of Senator John McCain’s death was “over-the-top” and that it distracted from his recent trade deal with Mexico.
The reported comments came as the president lowered the flags again at the White House in honor of the late Arizona congressman. They were initially lowered on Saturday but had been returned to full height by Monday morning.
Staff at the White House claim they had to urge Trump for two days to put out a kind word about McCain, who passed away on Saturday after a year-long battle with brain cancer, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
When the president did put out a statement on Monday it read that despite their political differences he still respected McCain’s “service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.”
A senior official in the administration told the Journal that it was “99 percent” Sarah Huckabee Sanders who was responsible for getting the president to agree to putting out the statement on McCain.
White House officials shared with the Journal that Trump viewed the media coverage of McCain’s death as “over-the-top” and something that resembled the death of a president more so than a senator.
Trump also complained that all of the news coverage took away from coverage of his trade deal with Mexico, and he apparently resented that.
Of course he did.
Pettiness, thy name is Trump.