Cancer-stricken John McCain stable after undergoing surgery for intestinal infection, wife says he is 'doing well'

Yael Ajgarni
A White House official dismissed Sen. John McCain's opposition to President Donald Trump's CIA nominee, saying "it doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway," two people in the room told The Associated Press.

Washington: US senator John McCain, who is battling brain cancer, was in stable condition on Tuesday after undergoing surgery to treat an infection, an aide said, adding that Senate colleagues have made frequent visits to see him.

"On Sunday, McCain was admitted to Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, and underwent surgery to treat an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis," spokeswoman Julie Tarallo said.

McCain, 81, was diagnosed in 2017 with an aggressive type of cancer, glioblastoma, after a brain tumor was discovered by doctors.

It has led to a reduced role in Congress for the veteran lawmaker, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 and currently chairs the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee.

His wife Cindy McCain took to Twitter to say that her husband was "doing well after his surgery. Looking forward to getting back to Hidden Valley", the couple's ranch in Arizona.

"Over the last few months, McCain has been participating in physical therapy at his home in Cornville, Arizona, as he recovers from the side effects of cancer treatment," Tarallo said.

"He has remained engaged on his work as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and has enjoyed frequent visits from his family, friends, staff and Senate colleagues." While McCain has not been seen in Washington for some months, his daughter Meghan expressed optimism in March that her father would be back in the Senate by the summer.

Despite being from the same Republican Party, McCain was a major thorn in the side of President Donald Trump during his tumultuous first year in office.

The senator effectively sank Trump's attempts to scrap the health care reforms passed into law during Barack Obama's presidency by voting against a repeal soon after being diagnosed with cancer.

McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 from the southwestern state of Arizona. He has served in the Senate since 1987.

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