Trump criticized by fellow GOP presidential candidates for McCain remarks

(AP Photo/John Locher, File)

(CNN) — Donald Trump’s comments continue to make headlines.

He told a crowd Saturday at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa that Senator John McCain wasn’t a war hero.

The GOP presidential candidate immediately tried to undo the damage, but on Sunday, members of his own party are saying Trump isn’t fit to hold the country’s highest office and called for him to apologize to McCain.

“This is not just an insult to John McCain, who clearly is a war hero, and a great man, but it’s an insult to all POWs,” said fellow presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio.

Rick Perry, another GOP candidate, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he questions Trump’s fitness to lead the nation. “Until Mr. Trump apologizes directly to John McCain, and also to the veterans of this country,” he said, “I don’t think he has the character or the temperament to hold the highest position in this country.”

In this fall 1967 file photo, John McCain is administered to at a Hanoi, Vietnam hospital as a prisoner of war.  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized Sen. John McCain's military record at a conservative forum Saturday, saying the party's 2008 nominee and former prisoner of war was a "war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured." McCain spent 20 years in the Navy, a quarter of it in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp after his jet was shot down over Hanoi during a bombing mission Oct. 26, 1967. (AP Photo/File)
In this fall 1967 file photo, John McCain is administered to at a Hanoi, Vietnam hospital as a prisoner of war. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized Sen. John McCain’s military record at a conservative forum Saturday, saying the party’s 2008 nominee and former prisoner of war was a “war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” McCain spent 20 years in the Navy, a quarter of it in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp after his jet was shot down over Hanoi during a bombing mission Oct. 26, 1967. (AP Photo/File)

But Trump is holding fast — in fact, the embattled candidate told “Fox and Friends” he’s angry with Senator McCain for insulting his supporters.

“I had thousands of people in Phoenix, Arizona talking about the whole horrible situation with illegal immigration,” he said. “Thousands and thousands of people and he called them crazies … He insulted them, and I insulted back.”

Trump went on to say McCain hasn’t done enough for the country’s veterans. A McCain spokesman said the senator had no comment on Trump’s remarks.

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