“Is McCain haunting Trump, or is Trump haunting McCain?”
On this week’s Political Fallout Shelter podcast, Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould discuss President Donald Trump’s ongoing feud with former Arizona Sen. John McCain, who passed away last August. Trump hasn’t been able to stop taking shots as his fellow Republican and former political rival, much to the dismay of lawmakers from his own party.
The pair also discuss Trump’s re-emphasis of the economy and national defense spending in his speech last week, as well as preview acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s appearance before the House Armed Services Committee this week. Finally, they get in the March Madness spirit with their biggest defense upsets of the week.
Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.
Joe Gould is the senior Pentagon reporter for Defense News, covering the intersection of national security policy, politics and the defense industry. He served previously as Congress reporter.