[Ed. – It does sound as if McCain is basically proud of having been thanked by Obama, while having “politely rebuffed” Trump. Because, you know, he was polite.]
In McCain’s memoir, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations, which he coauthored with longtime aide Mark Salter, he describes receiving a call from Obama in July after crushing Republican hopes of dismantling the former president’s signature domestic achievement.
Obama called to say thank you and added that he was “counting on me to be an outspoken and independent voice for the causes I believed in as I had been during his presidency,” McCain wrote of the call. …
McCain described in the memoir being unmoved by a call from President Trump before casting his dramatic against the legislation.