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Joe Biden finds feud between John McCain and Donald Trump 'laughable'

Alexandra Wilts
John McCain receives the the 2017 Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden at the National Constitution Center: Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden has found the feud between Republican Senator John McCain and Donald Trump laughable, according to the New York Times.

“The idea that Trump is going to intimidate John McCain? Give me a break,” Mr Biden said in an interview with the newspaper. Mr Biden served as vice president to Democratic President Barack Obama.

Mr McCain has received praise from Democrats as he has continued to voice his misgivings about several of Mr Trump’s policies and objectives.

During a speech in Philadelphia last Monday, Mr McCain questioned “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in America’s current foreign policy.

“To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems,” he said, “is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

The war of words between the senator and the President escalated on Tuesday when Mr Trump replied, “I fight back”. The US leader also continued to bemoan Mr McCain’s decision to vote against a bill that would have dismantled Obamacare.

Mr McCain, a former prisoner of war who is currently battling brain cancer, simply responded: “I have faced tougher adversaries.”

Mr Biden said McCain’s speech was, to him, a “message to the country.”

“I think he was delivering a message to the country, to his colleagues and to any of the opinion makers that would listen, and that is, ‘Look, this is serious stuff, our role in the world is not guaranteed, democracy is not guaranteed, we know how to do this and, damn it, we’d better focus and know what’s at stake,’” Mr Biden told the Times.