WASHINGTON- Senator John McCain urged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday to apologize to US military families for saying prisoners of war are not heroes, in his first direct response to Trump's remarks.
Trump drew a barrage of criticism over the weekend after telling a Republican forum he did not think McCain, a Navy fighter pilot who was held prisoner for more than five years during the Vietnam War, was a hero because he was captured.
McCain played down the personal attack in an interview with MSNBC. He said he didn't think Trump owed him an apology, but did owe one to military families.
"I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving our country," McCain said.
The real estate mogul has refused to apologize for the remarks, despite criticism from his own party, including calls from other candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination for him to drop out of the race.
Trump also continued to criticize McCain for not doing enough to support fellow veterans.