“Even some of Mr. Trump’s allies said that they would not quibble with Mr. McCain’s record. “Don’t get me wrong, I think John McCain is strong on veterans’ issues,” said Joel Arends, chairman of Veterans for a Strong America, which defended Mr. Trump over the weekend in a statement that his campaign issued in a news release.
“The problem is not John McCain’s record. The problem is how do we run government and is government going to be responsive to men and women who’ve laid their lives on the line for this country,” Mr. Arends said, adding that he believed Mr. Trump had hit a nerve by identifying the inefficiencies and breakdowns in veterans’ services.”
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