McCain: F-35 Likely Last Manned Fighter Jet

“There are too many ways of people transmitting information. Information is knowledge and knowledge is power so I am overall in the long term very optimism about the future,” he said.

Jill Hazelbaker, the former communications director for McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, is now the vice president of communications and public policy at Snapchat.

In the discussion, McCain argued that the increased use of drones is a “good thing,” saying the F-35 is likely to be the last fighter aircraft.

“If you can fly an airplane and control it from Langley [Air Force Base] and have it sit there for 12 hours with no pilot and it can discharge weapons, I think that’s the way we’re going to go,” he said.

McCain recently referred to the attendees of a large rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Arizona as “crazies.” Trump was asked about McCain.

“He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured,” Trump said.

Without naming Trump, McCain said at the Hudson Institute he does not want to “reopen the wounds” of the Vietnam War.

“I want us to celebrate our veterans, to move forward and those who may have opposed the war – whatever it is – it’s over and our Vietnam veterans deserve not to have this fight begin again because they are bravest and most wonderful people. Because they were, generally speaking, the 18- or 19-year-old that got the notice and fought,” he said.