'Really!?' The View erupts in confusion after Meghan McCain declares Trump Jr. is 'beloved'
Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain (ABC)

"The View" co-host Meghan McCain described Donald Trump Jr. as "beloved" -- and her colleague Sunny Hostin immediately called for a fact check.


The president's son was issued a subpoena by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) to come back and explain his apparently inaccurate previous testimony before congressional investigators, and McCain was confused by the development.

"I don't understand this," she said. "He did eight to nine hours of testimony in front of Senate Intel already and 27 hours in committees total -- that's a lot of testifying. I want to know if he's going to be out in front of Congress, if he's going to be hauled out in front of Congress and we're going to watch it live."

She suspected the president's eldest son would not be prepared to face tough questions in public.

"You have to think about how insulated he is," McCain said. "He pretty much only does interviews with people who are like-minded, people on Fox. He's in circles where he's, like, a beloved figure. It will be interesting to see someone who is insulated as a beloved figure be forced to testify."

Hostin looked increasingly baffled by McCain's comments.

"Is he beloved?" Hostin said.

McCain said that the president's supporters loved him, but Hostin still wasn't seeing it.

"I'm just," she said, shaking her head in mystification. "I'm, like -- it's Donald Trump Jr."

Co-host Joy Behar said she'd love to see Trump's children forced to testify, but she wasn't sure if she could trust the Republican Burr's motives.

"He's actually a really great guy," McCain assured her. "He's known for being really bipartisan."

Host Whoopi Goldberg said a subpoena against the president's son was a big deal, although the Trump administration has been ignoring other orders to turn over documents and witnesses to congressional investigators.

"Doesn't that mean you have to (comply) or go to jail?" McCain said.

Goldberg said she'd have to ask Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who's disobeying a law requiring him to turn over Trump's tax returns to House Ways and Means Committee.

"Everybody's going to jail," McCain said, laughing. "I'm not going to jail, I didn't take a Trump Tower meeting."