When Donald Trump announced his campaign for president in the summer of 2015, not many people gave him a realistic shot at success. As the campaign moved forward and Trump found success, the Republican Party quickly started to fracture.

McCain on Trump

While appearing at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa just a month after announcing his candidacy, Donald Trump was asked about Sen. John McCain. "He's not a war hero," Trump said, adding, "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured." The former host of "The Apprentice" was referencing McCain's time in the Vietnam War where he spent time as a POW.

Ever since that time, McCain hasn't been pleased with the current president-elect, but often takes the highroad when asked to speak about him during the election. The Arizona senator would eventually endorse Trump, but would retract his support following the leak of the now infamous Access Hollywood tape. As reported by The Hill on December 6, McCain lashed out at reporters who are insistent that he give his thoughts on Trump.

"On the first of January, I promise to start answering these stupid, idiotic questions," John McCain said while speaking to a group of reporters.

"I'm not talking about Trump. I'm not talking about Trump. I am not taking about Trump," McCain repeated, following up by stating, "I don't know how many times I have to tell you!"

McCain's threat

The bad blood between John McCain and President-elect Donald Trump was also evident last month when the issue of torture was brought up. Trump is a supporter of United States' use of torture, including waterboarding, which McCain has long been opposed of.

In response to what would happen if Trump tried to reinstate the use of torture by the United States military, McCain threatened legal action. "If they started waterboarding, I swear to you that we'd have them in court in a New York minute," McCain said of Trump's potential use of waterboarding.

Moving forward

With John McCain holding back until the start of next year, Donald Trump still has enough critics to worry about.

As he continues to reveal his cabinet and administration additions, the billionaire real estate mogul is facing criticism on an almost daily basis. Despite this, Trump is scheduled to be officially sworn in as the next president on January 20.

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