Despite the cheers from conservative camps that ‘America is back’ under President Trump’s leadership, at least one Senate icon isn’t convinced.
Sen. John McCain blasted Trump in an interview with The Guardian in which he argued that the intentional perspective on American leadership was better under President Obama.
McCain and Trump got off to a rocky start early in the presidential campaign when Trump questioned McCain’s character for having been ‘captured’ by the enemy during Vietnam.
Since that time, McCain has been a perpetual thorn in his side often siding with Democrats against the administration.
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Asked if the country stood on sturdier ground under Obama’s leadership, McCain said “yes,” according to the report.
“As far as American leadership is concerned, yes,” said McCain, who also vocally criticized many of the Obama administration’s foreign policy decisions.
McCain also lost to Obama when he ran as the GOP nominee in the 2008 presidential election.
The top Senate Republican was also asked what “message” the president delivered to the U.K. last week when he publicly criticized London’s mayor, shortly after a terror-related attack that left eight people dead and many more wounded.
“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” said McCain, chairman on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica,” he added.
Trump criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s comment that Londoners should not be alarmed by the increased police presence following the attack by taking the statement out of context.
“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement,” Trump tweeted last week.