President Trump called Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain, on Friday as the Senator battles brain cancer at Walter Reed Medical Center.
A White House official said Trump was checking on the Senator’s health and progress.
McCain is 81 years old and was diagnosed with cancer in July.
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“Senator McCain is currently receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center for normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy,” his office said. “As ever, he remains grateful to his physicians for their excellent care, and his friends and supporters for their encouragement and good wishes. Senator McCain looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible.”
Despite his hospitalization, McCain’s Republican colleagues expressed optimism he will be able to make the expected votes on the tax overhaul next week. Senators must be physically present on the Senate floor to cast votes.
“Of course we all wish for Sen. McCain to have a great health for as long as possible,” Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Friday on Fox News. “My sense is that everybody’s made a commitment to be there next week. And we will certainly be able to have the vote. Our prayers go to him and his family.”
McCain isn’t the only Republican senator with health issues. Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran had a procedure this week to remove a non-Melanoma lesion on his nose, his spokesman said.
Let’s hope when McCain gets back to the Senate, he remembers that his thumb can point upward as opposed to down, as it did when he limped into the chamber to vote down Obamacare repeal.