It appears that Republican presidential contender Donald Trump isn’t backing down from his verbal attacks on Sen. John McCain.
At the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa Saturday, Trump questioned McCain’s military service record. McCain spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and suffered permanent injuries.
Trump said: "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, okay, I hate to tell you. I believe, perhaps he was a war hero but right now, he said some very bad things about a lot of people."
Trump also claimed to not be a fan of the Vietnam War.
At a press conference later, the Associated Press reports that Trump tried to clarify his remarks, saying, "If a person is captured, they're a hero as far as I'm concerned. I don't like the job John McCain is doing in the Senate because he is not taking care of our veterans."
Trump also posted a clarification on his official Twitter account.
Other Republican presidential candidates were quick to react on social media, lambasting Trump for his comments on McCain.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered his opinion.
McCain's daughter also took to Twitter to offer her reaction to Trump's remarks.