He ‘Has Always Been a Fighter’

Well-wishers across the political spectrum sent their best Wednesday to Sen. John McCain after reports he had been diagnosed with brain cancer, with President Donald Trump saying the six-term Arizona Republican “has always been a fighter.”

“Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Sen. McCain, Cindy, and their entire family,” Trump said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Get well soon.”

Former President Barack Obama also posted, encouraging McCain, 80, whom he squared off against for the White House in 2008, to give his cancer “hell.”

Former President George H.W. Bush referenced McCain surviving nearly six years – two in solitary confinement – as a prisoner of war during Vietnam:

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana representative who is recuperating from being shot in an attack on Republicans during a baseball game practice last month, also tweeted:

CNN reported Wednesday that McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, had an aggressive form of brain cancer, the same kind that felled former Sen. Ted Kennedy and the son of ex-Vice President Joe Biden.

CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said he had McCain’s permission to speak with his physicians.

Meghan McCain, a Fox News host who is the senator’s eldest daughter, said in a statement her father had remained “confident and calm” since his diagnosis.

She tweeted that her family has “endured the shock” of her father’s diagnosis and they were living “with the anxiety about what comes next.”

McCain called her father “the toughest person I know.

“The cruelest enemy could not break him,” she said. “The aggression of political life could not bend him.

“So, he is meeting this challenge as he has every other.

“Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender,” she added. “Nothing ever has.”

Vice President Mike Pence said “cancer picked on the wrong guy” in his post:

McCain’s White House running mate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, posted on Facebook: “we know he’ll face this diagnosis with courage and strength.

“Our family continues to lift John and his family up in prayer.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called McCain “a hero to our conference and a hero to our country.

“He has never shied from a fight – and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life,” the Kentucky Republican said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said John McCain “has always been a warrior. It’s who he is.

“I know John is going to fight this with the same sheer force of will that has earned him the admiration of the nation.

“And all of us, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans, are behind him.”

Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said McCain was “above all, a patriot.

“I know that the courage and the remarkable spirit and tenacity that has marked his life will guide him in the challenges ahead.”

Others also posted tweets:

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