Cancer won’t keep John McCain away from work.
The Arizona senator said Sunday that he’ll jump right into Senate business this week after getting treatment for his “very vicious” brain cancer.
“I’m getting the best treatment that anybody could get,” the Republican lawmaker, who is 81, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
“I’m very happy with my life. I’m very happy with what I’ve been able to do…I am able to celebrate a wonderful life and I will be grateful for additional time that I have.”
In his first national TV interview since revealing his diagnosis, McCain said his prognosis is “pretty good” for now, even though he knows bigger health battles will come.
“So far, all indications are very good,” he said.
“But…I’m not trying to paint this as a rosy picture. This is a very virulent form of cancer.”
McCain said he’d be getting an MRI on Monday — and then focusing on his job.
McCain, who said he plans to work on a new defense bill, criticized President Trump for his surprise deal with Democratic congressional leaders on debt ceiling and government spending legislation last week. McCain warned that this would be “basically devastating to national defense,” since it doesn’t add any funding for the government, and he said it “was not an exercise in bipartisanship” since Trump stepped over Republican leadership.
McCain also urged Congress to pass a “comprehensive” immigration reform to help save Dreamer immigrants from deportation after Trump ended the DACA program.
It is “not conscionable to tell young people who came here as children that they have to go back to a country they don’t know,” McCain said.
Near the end of the interview, Tapper asked the former prisoner of war and presidential candidate how he would want the American people to remember him.
“He served his country, and not always right,” McCain replied.
“Made a lot of mistakes. Made a lot of errors, but served his country. And I hope we could add: Honorably.”
In their conversation, Tapper told McCain, “I hope this is not our last interview.”