Trump: We miss McCain, ‘plus we need his vote’

President Trump took a moment during Monday remarks to wish Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTrump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller Manchin bashes GOP candidate for pushing McCain to resign McCain’s primary challenger asks him to step aside after diagnosis MORE well as the Arizona Republican recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye.

"I can tell you, we hope John McCain gets better very soon because we miss him," Trump said during his "Made in America Product Showcase" event at the White House.

"He's a crusty voice in Washington, plus we need his vote."

Trump brought up McCain as he spoke about the GOP’s attempts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  

McCain's absence leaves Republicans unlikely to get the votes needed to advance the healthcare bill, which was already facing an uncertain future and has no room for error. 

"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act," Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller Senate spending plan boosts House moderates Cruz: Tax reform chances ‘drop significantly’ if healthcare fails MORE (R-Ky.) said in a statement over the weekend. 

{monads}McCain’s doctors announced over the weekend that he had a procedure Friday to remove the clot, and said the senator is recovering as he awaits the results of pathology tests.

McCain and Trump have had a rocky relationship, fueled by a 2015 comment in which Trump said McCain was not a war hero because he had been captured.

McCain spent more than five years in a North Vietnamese prison camp after he was captured during the Vietnam War.

McCain has been a frequent critic of Trump both on the campaign trail and since his inauguration, lambasting him for attacking the family of a fallen Muslim soldier during the campaign and pushing back against his foreign policy.