Sources within the Senate inform CNN they’ve been apprehensive about Sen. John McCain just lately, following every week when the Arizona Republican was stored from the Senate to deal with negative effects from his mind most cancers remedy.
The sources described McCain as wanting more and more frail and stated he has not spoken up in current GOP conferences the best way he had earlier than, along with his absence this week for remedy at Walter Reed Medical Middle.
One supply stated that McCain all the time used to talk up in these conferences, and that he hasn’t in any respect lately. The supply was not commenting on McCain’s psychological acuity, however on his power degree, and stating that his lack of participation was not regular. One well-known aspect impact of most cancers remedies is fatigue.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, McCain’s closest good friend within the Senate, stated he spoke with Cindy McCain on Wednesday about her husband’s well being.
“He’s receiving remedy for the uncomfortable side effects of remedy,” Graham stated. “I really feel fairly good about the best way the remedy is affecting his underlying most cancers. However the remedy has a draw back. So he’s making an attempt to relaxation up. I’m very assured that he’ll come again and proceed to take part for a very long time to return.”
Graham stated he didn’t speak to McCain’s spouse Cindy McCain concerning the potential for the senator to return subsequent week for a tax vote; he solely received an replace on his well being. He stated he hopes to speak to McCain Thursday or see him in individual quickly.
“The primary factor I’m targeted on is to only get higher. John, take a while. Relaxation up. It’s OK,” Graham stated. “Take a day or two off. He’s had a heck of a Senate schedule. And I hope he’ll take a while to regroup, perform a little rehabilitation on his leg, and are available again and take part in a means that solely Sen. McCain can take part.”
McCain acquired medical remedy final month for a minor tear to his proper Achilles tendon requiring him to put on a strolling boot.
Home Speaker Paul Ryan stated Thursday that GOP are being “versatile” on the timing of ultimate votes on a serious tax reform invoice because of well being-associated absences from the Senate, and stated he has spoken with Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell about timing.
“We’re merely being versatile to honor their considerations about managing their schedule and a few potential absences,” Ryan stated.
McCain, eighty one, is 5 months into remedy for mind most cancers. He was recognized in July with a main glioblastoma, a kind of mind tumor. He underwent surgical procedure to take away a blood clot related to the tumor on the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, and lab outcomes from that surgical procedure confirmed the presence of mind most cancers related to the blood clot.
McCain returned to Walter Reed this week for remedy that his workplace stated was associated to negative effects of his most cancers remedy.
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake stated he too spoke to Cindy McCain on Wednesday night time about her husband’s well being.
“We anticipate him again,” Flake informed reporters. “I anticipate him…