Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) says his brain cancer treatment is progressing well and he will be returning to work after the August recess.
Speaking via a Facebook Live transmission from his office in Phoenix, McCain said fighting cancer is difficult but his case was found early and he’s determined to conquer the disease.
“This is a rough disease, let’s be very honest about it,” McCain said. “I have to beat it. Fortunately, they found it early, and the treatment is going extremely well.”
McCain then updated the public about his medical status.
“I have another week and a half of this kind of treatment that I’m getting, then they will check it out and see if there’s anything … additional that needs to be done,” McCain related. “Look, my friends, this is a very malicious disease. But I’ve had other challenges in my time, as well. I don’t mean to be repetitious, but to my Democrat friends and some of my Republican friends: I’m coming back.”
McCain recently cast the deciding vote that tanked a GOP effort to repeal Obamacare. The Veteran senator said he voted against the “skinny bill” because he did not believe the legislation would “actually reform our health care system.”
Senator Ron Johnson, (R-Wis.) suggested in an interview Tuesday that McCain’s brain tumor, an aggressive form of brain cancer called “glioblastoma,” might have been a factor in his vote against the repeal bill.
A spokesman for McCain denied the claim. “It is bizarre and deeply unfortunate that Senator Johnson would question the judgment of a colleague and friend,” the spokesman said in a statement. “Senator McCain has been very open and clear about the reasons for his vote.”
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During his Facebook Live address Wednesday, McCain also reiterated remarks he made Tuesday, opposing President Trump’s warning to North Korea’s leaders. The senator said President Trump’s statement is not likely to help the situation, and he’s concerned about the statement because he’s not sure that the president is willing to back it up with military action.
McCain ended the live stream on a positive note, making sure to thank his well-wishers and saying he’d received many messages of support since he announced his diagnosis in mid-July. “Even those that want me to die don’t want me to die right away, so that’s good,” McCain joked.
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