Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, proper, a Vietnam warfare prisoner, on Saturday criticized President Trump, left, for failing to say Vietnam’s ongoing human rights violations whereas visiting Da Nang.
Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam warfare prisoner, on Saturday criticized President Trump for failing to say Vietnam’s ongoing human rights violations whereas visiting Da Nang.
“@POTUS in #Danang & no mention of human rights – Sad,” tweeted McCain, who as a Navy pilot was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 and remained a prisoner of warfare in Vietnam for roughly the following six years.
Trump this weekend, as a part of his 12-day Asia tour, praised the Vietnamese individuals and their leaders for reform efforts, because the nation because the finish of the warfare within the mid-1970s has moved away from communist to a extra socialist nation.
“Your people are doing a spectacular job,” Trump mentioned Saturday alongside Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang at a state banquet in Hanoi, the nation’s capital. “I toured Vietnam today. I was through the streets of Hanoi, and it’s incredible to see. … I would like to congratulate you, Mr. President, on an outstanding job.”
McCain’s tweet is the most recent in back-and-forth between the Arizona senator and Trump that appeared to begin in earnest when the president challenged the senator’s standing as a warfare hero in the course of the marketing campaign.
The nonprofit group Human Rights Watch has Vietnam on its record of roughly 200 international locations that it considers failing to supply residents with adequate human rights akin to free speech and freedom of spiritual beliefs.
“Vietnam’s human rights record remains dire in all areas,” the group says on its web site. “The Communist Party maintains a monopoly on political power and allows no challenge to its leadership. … The police use torture and beatings to extract confessions.”