After Trump recalled McCain saying something that Trump considered an insult to him and his supporters, “I said, ‘Somebody should run against McCain,’ who has been, in my opinion, not so hot. And I supported him for president! I raised a million dollars for him. That’s a lot of money! I supported him. He lost. He let us down. But he lost. So I never liked him much after that, because I don’t like losers.”
Amid audience laughter, the moderator, Republican pollster Frank Luntz, then interjected, “But he’s a war hero!”
Trump responded, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
Later that day, Trump retweeted, with seeming approval, a web post headlined “Donald Trump: John McCain Is ‘A Loser,’” that recapped his exchange at the summit.