Donald Trump Admits to Bill O'Reilly: "I Have Respect for Senator McCain"

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Trump had previously questioned whether McCain should be seen as a war hero.

Bill O'Reilly took Donald Trump to task on Monday's O'Reilly Factor for his recent comments about Sen. John McCain.

O'Reilly told Trump, who was a guest on the episode, that Trump "picked the wrong guy here" and that McCain shouldn't "be the whipping boy." Over the weekend, Trump criticized McCain for not doing enough to help war veterans and questioned whether he should be considered a war hero. Trump has since said he refuses to apologize to McCain.

When O'Reilly said he would give Trump 45 seconds "to say something [into the camera] to Senator McCain tonight, man to man," Trump said: "I'm going to say this — I have respect for Senator McCain. I used to like him a lot. I supported him. I raised a lot of money for his campaign against President Obama, and certainly, if there was a misunderstanding, I would totally take that back. But hopefully, I said it correctly, and certainly, shortly thereafter, I said it correctly."

"I would like him, however, to do something with the 15,000 people that were in Phoenix about illegal immigration," Trump continued. "They are being decimated. These people are being decimated, and I would love to see him do a much better job taking care of the veterans, Bill."