Earlier this week, we reported that Arizona Senator John McCain had been rushed to the hospital as he continues to battle a glioblastoma, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. Now, new reports are coming in indicating that McCain’s condition is deteriorating fast.
Fox News reported that President Donald Trump called Cindy McCain, the senator’s wife, on Friday after learning he was in the hospital. A White House official said that Trump called her “check in on Sen. McCain’s condition.” The fact that Trump, who has a history of conflict with McCain, felt the need to call indicates that the senator’s condition may be worse than is being reported.
McCain has been at Walter Reed Medical Center since Wednesday.
“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.”
Republican lawmakers are hoping that Mcain will be able to make the expected votes on the tax overhaul next week, as 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. “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.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he talked to Cindy McCain, the senator’s wife, on Wednesday about his health.
“He is receiving treatment for the side effects of therapy,” Graham said. “I feel pretty good about the way the treatment is affecting his underlying cancer. But the treatment has a downside. So he is trying to rest up. I am very confident that he will come back and continue to participate for a long time to come.”
“The main thing I am focused on is to just get better. John, take a little time. Rest up. It’s OK,” Graham said. “Take a day or two off. He’s had a heck of a Senate schedule. And I hope he will take some time to regroup, do a little rehabilitation on his leg, and come back and participate in a way that only Sen. McCain can participate.”
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