Did the Trump White House lie to make his feud with John McCain look excusable?
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President Donald Trump's claims on Tuesday about the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) were a "lie," a former aide to the senator explained to CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta.

“Our country would have saved a trillion dollars, and we would have had great health care. He told us hours before that he was going to repeal and replace and then, for some reason — I think I understand the reason — he ended up going thumbs up," Trump claimed.

McCain actually gave a thumbs down as he voted against the legislation.

A former McCain aide disputed even more of the president's account.

“Nope. Never happened,” the former advisor said.

“You’re surprised Trump lied?” the former aide added.