Now Trump is saluting McCain for returning to Washington, D.C., for the vote to start debate on the GOP Senate leadership's health care legislation. It comes with the GOP health care bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare" on the brink as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushes toward a pivotal vote Tuesday prodded by an impatient and frustrated President Donald Trump.
US Senator John McCain declared that he intends to return to politics after he recovers from his brain surgery. It would take a very compelling argument for me to disallow Senator McCain on that plane if he were my patient. Sen. "I've personally volunteered to rent an RV", Cornyn said.
Despite the criticism, Cruz yet again insisted Monday the Senators should come together irrespective of the differences and Obamacare should be repealed.
He bemoaned the lack of legislative action in Congress. McCain also said he would not vote for the current GOP version of the repeal and replace bill. "McCain is going to look long and hard at this, that his family and his advisers are going to look at this, and they're going to advise him to step away as quickly as possible, so that the business of the country and the business of Arizona being represented at the federal level can move forward".
Arizona Senator Kelli Ward announcing she was running against Senator John McCain in 2015.
McCain coming back gives the Republicans more cushion, and if his return is anything like Kennedy's, it will be a sight to remember.
Tuesday's vote on a motion to proceed to debate on health care legislation will take place after a Republican policy luncheon where members could learn the details of what amendments might be included in the eventual legislation.
At least two other Republicans, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have indicated they will not vote to proceed if Senate leaders plan to then put forth a measure to repeal the health law without providing a replacement.
Ward, a physician and former state senator who is now running against Republican Sen.
"As the Scout law says, a Scout is trustworthy, loyal", Trump said.
Last Thursday, while the Arizona senator was at home recovering from surgery, his Senate office issued a statement quoting McCain criticizing the Trump administration after The Washington Post reported that Trump had ended a covert Central Intelligence Agency program aiding rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Both compliments marked a 180-degree turn for Trump, who had disparaged the senator in the past.
"I would like to know more as I'm sure all of you would too", Murkowski said when she was asked about where she stood on voting to advance a health care bill.
This isn't the first time Ward has received national attention for her comments on McCain's health.
Republicans are using a special procedure that allows them to pass legislation with just 51 votes rather than the usual 60 votes.