Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has definitely been outspoken about President Trump lately and has opposed him on several occasions. He voted “No” on the GOP health care bill, making himself one of the only three Republicans to vote against it. Then, he came down hard on Trump for using bone spurs as a reason for dodging the draft five times.
Trump has also spoken out against the ideology of the Trump administration. New York Magazine reports that in a speech McCain gave in October while accepting an award at the National Constitution Center:
‘Without naming Trump, but without needing to, the Arizona senator dismissed “some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.”‘
Now, McCain has come down hard on Trump again, this time, for his recent comments about Russian president Vladimir Putin. Trump said that he believes Putin’s claims that he never meddled in the 2016 election. According to CNN:
‘Trump said he took Putin at his word that Russia did not seek to interfere in the US presidential election last year, despite a finding from US intelligence agencies that it did.’
Trump must of thought he was in a contest for making the best “fake news” when he said:
‘He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle.
‘I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.’
Trump insisted that he met with Putin and that he was insulted by the accusations. The president ranted on Twitter:
According to Business Insider, McCain leveled some harsh words saying:
‘There’s nothing ‘America First’ about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community. There’s no “principled realism” in cooperating with Russia to prop up the murderous Assad regime, which remains the greatest obstacle to a political solution that would bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria.’
McCain also went on to say: ‘There’s nothing ‘America First’ about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community. There’s no “principled realism” in cooperating with Russia to prop up the murderous Assad regime, which remains the greatest obstacle to a political solution that would bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria.’
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a strong authoritarian leader, has been accused of multiple human rights abuses since he took power.
McCain garnered many responses on Twitter:
Trump also said of Former FBI director, James Comey, former CIA director, John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper:
‘I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks. So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have Comey.’
‘Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them.’
Trump knows that Mueller is hot on his trail in relation to his decision to fire Comey in May. Mueller is likely building an obstruction-of-justice case related to this. Trump did later admit to NBC’s Lester Holt that this “Russia thing” was a factor in his decision.
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