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Meghan McCain blasts Kamala Harris for laying wreath at Vietnam spot where her dad John was captured

Meghan McCain blasts Kamala Harris for laying wreath in Vietnam at spot TV star’s dad John was shot down in 1967 and not focusing all her energy on getting Americans and allies out of Afghanistan

  • Harris visited the lake where late Sen. John McCain was shot down in 1967
  • She carried flowers to the memorial at Trúc Bạch Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • McCain was serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and was then taken as a 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 worry about Afghanistan instead
  • She said Harris should ‘spend every second making sure every single American and Afghan ally is out of harms way’
  • 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 at the site where McCain’s father was shot down during the Vietnam War, saying that Harris should be focused on evacuating people from Afghanistan

Harris tweeted a photo of herself Wednesday laying flowers at a monument on Trúc Bạch Lake in Hanoi, where John McCain almost drowned in 1967 after being shot down while flying 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 passing, I paid my respects to an American hero, Senator John McCain’

‘At this site in 1967, then-Lieutenant Commander McCain was shot down. We honor his sacrifice in Vietnam, and the sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform.’

But Meghan was quick to take offense, and responded: If you want to honor my dads legacy on this anniversary of his death – you would spend every second making sure every single American and Afghan ally is out of harms way.’ 

Kamala Harris was criticized by Meghan McCain after sharing this snap of where McCain’s father John was shot down while fighting in the Vietnam WAr  

On Wednesday, she asked the VP to ensure 'every single American and Afghan ally' is saved

On Wednesday, she asked the VP to ensure ‘every single American and Afghan ally’ is saved

The vice president brought flowers to the memorial, located at Trúc Bạch Lake in Hanoi

The vice president brought flowers to the memorial, located at Trúc Bạch Lake in Hanoi

She visited Vietnam to show support amid tensions with China over the South China Sea

She visited Vietnam to show support amid tensions with China over the South China Sea

‘He was nothing if not 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 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 Trump administration’s most vocal Republican critics, and died of cancer in August 2018 aged 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, graduating in 1958.

Meghan McCain, left, has criticized the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Meghan McCain, left, has criticized the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Late Sen. John McCain of Arizona was in the Navy when his plane was shot down in Hanoi in 1967. He was then taken in as a prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years

Late Sen. John McCain of Arizona was in the Navy when his plane was shot down in Hanoi in 1967. He was then taken in as a prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years

The US has evacuated 87,900 people from Afghanistan since the end of July, according to the White House. 

The US has operated multiple military, and some commercial, flights in a quest to save as many people as they can from Taliban rule, though many argue the efforts are falling short.

Meghan has posted videos of Afghans trawling through sewage outside of the Kabul airport, desperate to to be saved by US forces. She’s 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 nothing short of disgusted he and his staff can’t seem to be bothered to leave their vacation during an international crisis of our own creation,’ the former host has said. 

Above, hundreds of people gather near an Air Force plane at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan

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

The US has evacuated 87,900 people from the Central Asian nation since the end of July

Harris met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, right, Wednesday in Hanoi

Harris met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, right, Wednesday in Hanoi

‘There should be an emergency congressional hearing before more innocent lives are lost. My heart is broken, this tragedy will absolutely haunt our country. Also – every single Afghan refugee fleeing must be granted a safe haven in America!’   

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