WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) – Shortly after the news broke Wednesday that Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, support began pouring in for the 80-year-old senator and Vietnam veteran.
The Mayo Clinic and McCain’s family released a statement Wednesday, stating that McCain’s Tuesday surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye had uncovered a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot.
McCain’s daughter Megan McCain, who is a co-host on Fox News’ “Outnumbered”, released a statement Wednesday calling her father “the toughest person I know”.
“It won’t surprise you to know that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: But it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.”
Meghan McCain added that the anxiety her family is experiencing as a result of the diagnosis is a familiar experience, given the senator’s previous battle with melanoma.
“If we could ask anything of anyone now it would be the prayers of those who understand this all too well,” Meghan McCain wrote.
President Donald Trump issued the following statement Wednesday night, sending thoughts and prayers to the McCain family.
Vice President Michael Pence tweeted out a sentiment of support as well.
Rep. Steve Scalise, recovering from being shot by a gunman while practicing for the Congressional baseball game, called McCain “one of the toughest people I know”.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama called McCain an American hero, and “one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known”. “Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against,” he tweeted.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted “My thoughts and prayers are with Senator John McCain and his family tonight. ”