Cindy McCain speaks onstage during the U.S. VETS Salute Gala in Los Angeles on Nov. 5. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic for U.S.VETS

Cindy McCain told CNN's "Axe Files" Saturday her late husband, Sen. John McCain, would be "disgusted" by the current political climate and said she's "very disappointed" in President Trump's attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Why it matters: McCain was outspoken in his criticism of President Trump when he felt it was warranted. He was admired for his ability to work across the aisle with Democrats in the Senate and occasionally broke from the GOP on certain issues. Cindy McCain told CNN he'd be "railing against what's going on" at the moment.

"John provided a lot of cover for other members. And when he would do it, then they could get behind him kind of thing. And I'm not seeing that — a real rudder in the Senate right now in all this happening."

What she's saying: The Mcains and Bidens have been longtime friends, and Cindy McCain described the former vice president in her interview with CNN host David Axelrod as a "lovely man," saying there's no reason for Trump "to disparage anyone that's running just because you disagree with them."

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Trump says he intends to give RNC speech on White House lawn

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President Trump told the New York Post on Thursday that he plans to deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, despite bipartisan criticism of the optics and legality of the location.

Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.

Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments

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Antibody drugs and various medicine cocktails against the coronavirus are progressing and may provide some relief before vaccines.

The big picture: Everyone wants to know how and when they can return to "normal" life, as vaccines are not expected to be ready for most Americans for at least a year. Two therapies are known to be helpful, and more could be announced by late September, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci tells Axios.