U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., on Monday defended Sen. John McCain after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump refused to recognize McCain as a war hero over the weekend.
“The fact is that John McCain is an American hero, he is a war hero ... I would think that any person who makes such a statement would think long and hard about making an apology,” Burr told reporters during a tour of a solar farm Monday in Montgomery County.
Burr, however, said he does not expect Trump to deliver an apology.
During his campaign, Trump, a businessman and reality television personality, has repeatedly put himself under the spotlight for provocative statements. His latest came Saturday when he called McCain “not a war hero.”
“He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said Saturday at a Republican presidential forum.
McCain, a long-time Republican senator from Arizona, served as a Naval aviator during the Vietnam War and was shot down, tortured and held prisoner for more than five years in Hanoi.
Trump told ABC’s “This Week” that he won’t be pulling out of the presidential race over his comments. He has previously drawn fire for comments about immigrants from Mexico.