Meghan McCain criticizes Kamala Harris for laying wreath at Vietnam site where her father John was imprisoned
Meghan McCain denounces Kamala Harris for laying a wreath in Vietnam where TV star John’s father was shot in 1967 and for not devoting all her energies to taking Americans and allies out of Afghanistan
- Harris visited the lake where the late Senator John McCain was shot in 1967
- She carried flowers to the memorial at Trúc Bạch Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam
- McCain served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was then taken prisoner of war for five and a half years
- “We honor his sacrifice in Vietnam, and the sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform,” Harris wrote on Twitter
- McCain’s daughter Meghan said the VP should be concerned about Afghanistan instead
- She said Harris “should spend every second making sure every US and Afghan ally is out of danger”
- The US has evacuated 87,900 people from Afghanistan since the end of July
Former The View host Meghan McCain criticized Vice President Kamala Harris for laying flowers where McCain’s father was shot during the Vietnam War, and said Harris should focus on evacuating people from Afghanistan.
Harris tweeted on Wednesday a photo of himself laying flowers at a monument on Trúc Bạch Lake in Hanoi, where John McCain nearly drowned in 1967 after being shot down during a US Navy bombing mission. He was then captured by the North Vietnamese and held as a prisoner of war for five and a half years.
Her tweet said: “Today, on the three-year anniversary of his death, I paid my respects to an American hero, Senator John McCain.”
This is where Lieutenant Commander McCain was shot in 1967. We honor his sacrifice in Vietnam, and the sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform.’
But Meghan was quick to take offense, replying: ‘If you wanted to honor my father’s legacy on this anniversary of his death, you would spend every second making sure every American and Afghan ally is out of danger.”
Kamala Harris was criticized by Meghan McCain after sharing this photo of where McCain’s father John was shot while fighting in the Vietnam War
On Wednesday, she asked the VP to ensure that ‘every US and Afghan ally’ is saved
The vice president brought flowers to the monument, located on Trúc Bạch Lake in Hanoi
She visited Vietnam to show support amid tensions with China over the South China Sea
“He was nothing but someone who understood sacrifice and loyalty to the people he served with.”
Harris, a Democrat from California, was elected to the Senate in 2016 and served for about a year and a half alongside McCain, who represented Arizona.
McCain was considered a “moderate” Republican, and is credited with saving Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act from being repealed during the Trump administration.
He ran against Obama in the 2008 presidential election, became one of the most outspoken Republican critics of the Trump administration, and died of cancer in August 2018 at the age of 81.
The late Republican was born in 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone. His father was a four-star admiral and he followed in his footsteps when he enrolled in the US Naval Academy and graduated in 1958.
Meghan McCain, left, has criticized the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The late Arizona Senator John McCain was in the Navy when his plane was shot down in Hanoi in 1967. He was then taken as a prisoner of war for five and a half years
The US has evacuated 87,900 people from Afghanistan since late July, according to the White House.
The US has conducted multiple military and some commercial flights in a quest to save as many people as possible from Taliban rule, though many argue the efforts are falling short.
Meghan has posted videos of Afghans dragging through the sewers outside the Kabul airport, desperate to be rescued by US troops. She has previously criticized the Biden administration’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which the US has occupied since 2001.
“Biden is unfit to lead and I am disgusted that he and his staff don’t seem to bother leaving their vacation during an international crisis we have created,” the former host said.
Above, hundreds of people gather near an Air Force plane at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan
The US has evacuated 87,900 people from the Central Asian nation since the end of July
Harris met Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, right, in Hanoi on Wednesday
“There should be an emergency congressional hearing before more innocent lives are lost. My heart is broken, this tragedy will absolutely haunt our country. And also: every Afghan refugee who is on the run should be given a safe haven in America!’