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  • McCain critical of president’s pardon of Arpaio

    08/25/2017 8:31:14 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 144 replies
    Wash Post ^ | Aug 25 2017 | Wash Post
    PHOENIX — The Latest on President Donald Trump pardoning former Phoenix metro sheriff Joe Arpaio (all times local): U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona is voicing his displeasure at President Donald Trump’s pardon of the former Phoenix metro area sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of a misdemeanor contempt-of-court charge for defying a judge’s orders that he stop conducting immigration patrols.
  • McCain releases strategy for Afghanistan, preempting and rebuking Trump

    08/10/2017 7:58:43 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 82 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 10 2017 | Karoun Demirjian
    Sen. John McCain on Thursday unveiled a plan to increase U.S. air and ground forces in Afghanistan that would probably bring some American soldiers closer into harm’s way — a move that in effect rebukes President Trump, who has not yet decided on his preferred way forward in the war. McCain (R-Ariz.) promised to present his plan as an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill, upon his return to Washington in September.
  • McCain: GOP Lawmakers Who 'See Weakness' May Challenge Trump in 2020

    08/05/2017 4:29:43 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 91 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5 Aug 2017 | Wanda Carruthers
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Republican candidates with their eyes on a White House run may be seriously considering the prospect of challenging President Donald Trump in 2020 because they "see weakness," The Hill reported Saturday. "They see weakness in this president," McCain told The New York Times. "Look, it's not a nice business we're in." The Times reported Saturday that Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, GOP Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and even Vice President Mike Pence could be laying the groundwork for a White House run in 2020. McCain hasn't been shy about...
  • John McCain refutes Trump's statement on sanctions bill

    08/02/2017 2:46:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 2, 2017
    Sen. John McCain pronounced President Trump's objections to the sweeping sanctions measure he signed Thursday "misplaced" and said it was "critical" that Mr. Trump comply with and implement the act, as signed. "The concerns expressed in the President's signing statement are hardly surprising, though misplaced," McCain said in a statement soon after the president signed a bill which limits his ability to unilaterally alter sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The Arizona senator also took the opportunity to take a stand for the powers of Congress, which rival the president's. "The Framers of our Constitution made the Congress and...
  • McCain slams Trump's transgender military ban

    07/29/2017 2:44:54 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 71 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 26, 2017 | Michelle Mark
    Sen. John McCain of Arizona criticized President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday morning that transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve "in any capacity" in the US military. McCain, who is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and served in the US Navy for 23 years, said Trump's statement was "unclear" and it served as "yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter." The Republican senator said any Americans who meet the military's medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. "There is no reason to force service members who...
  • McCain says American leadership was better under Obama: report

    06/11/2017 6:44:28 PM PDT · by Boomer · 146 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/11/17 04:02 PM | Olivia Beavers
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said American leadership was stronger under President Trump's predecessor, President Barack Obama, according to a Guardian report published Sunday. 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.
  • (Vanity) All you need to know about John McCain

    05/29/2017 7:42:24 PM PDT · by BuckeyeGOP · 28 replies
    As I watch another passive-aggressive hit on Trump by McCain, his latest being his remarks about the Kushner-Russian back channel fake news story, I see a shrinking and increasingly butt-hurt man. A man who was once a hero and has since been corrupted and minimized by the swamp in which he now comfortably resides. But all you have to do to know John McCain is to consider something. As one of the most powerful Veterans and senators in Washington, it was under his watch, spanning several different administrations, that the VA crumbled into one of the most shameful and embarrassing...
  • Who the heck is this McCain person ...

    02/19/2017 4:09:15 PM PST · by HIDEK6 · 58 replies
    Feb 19, 2017 | HIDEK6
    ... and why should we care what he says?
  • McCain: ‘I Hope’ Trump Succumbs to D.C. Establishment

    04/17/2017 4:48:59 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 74 replies
    LifeZette ^ | April 16, 2017 | Kathryn Blackhurst
    Hawkish senator cheers neocon shift, says president 'is growing and he is listening' Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that he “hoped” President Donald Trump was being drawn into the so-called “Washington establishment” during an interview Sunday. Ever since Trump ordered an airstrike in Syria in retaliation for the chemical attack that killed more than 80 Syrian civilians earlier in April, he has received increasing praise from the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party. When Todd pointed to those who say “the Washington establishment sucked [Trump] in” and compromised his conservative populism and...
  • McCain: I think the White House backing off of regime change in Syria is responsible for gas attack

    04/11/2017 2:53:44 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 19 replies
    HotAir ^ | April 10, 2017
    The key bit comes at 4:30, a few minutes after he talks about working to remove Assad and ISIS at the same time. Old and busted: Two-front wars. The new hotness: Two-front wars within the same country. Marco Rubio made this same lame point about the same Rex Tillerson comment that McCain is thinking of and got called out on it by Tillerson himself this weekend, as Ed mentioned earlier. Tillerson said on March 30th that it was for the Syrian people to decide whether Assad remains in charge (and doubled down on that position yesterday), a notable break from...
  • McCain: Russia cooperated with Syria in chemical attack

    04/11/2017 1:51:21 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    AP ^ | April 10, 2017 | DUSAN STOJANOVIC
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — U.S. Senator John McCain accused Russia on Monday of having cooperated with Syrian government forces in a chemical weapons attack that has killed more than 80 people, including more than a dozen children. The Republican senator said at a press conference in Belgrade that he believes "the Russians knew about chemical weapons because they were operating exactly from the same base." He said the U.S. launched cruise missile strikes last week against the Syrian base "in a response of a chemical attack." "I hope that this behavior by Syria, in what clearly is cooperation with Russia...
  • McCain Won’t Rule Out Another Senate Run

    04/09/2017 9:23:37 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 66 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 11/21/2016 | Aryn Braun
    Arizona Sen. John McCain won’t rule out running again in 2022. McCain, 80, told The Arizona Republic he won’t be making any decisions on a potential seventh Senate campaign for at least three years, leaving the door open for another run. First elected in 1986, McCain is one of the most senior members of the Senate, and as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, he still wields a significant amount of power and influence.
  • McCain Made Secret Trip to Syria to Meet U.S. Military, Anti-Assad Rebels

    04/09/2017 8:00:46 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 38 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 February 2017 | Warren Mass
    Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) made a trip to northern Syria to visit U.S. military forces and Kurdish fighters and to discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State (ISIS), his office said on February 22.The news of McCain’s trip to Syria was broken by the Wall Street Journal in a February 22 report that cited unnamed officials.Another report from CNN the next day quoted Julie Tarallo, a spokeswoman for McCain, who said he made the official but unannounced visit to northern Syria as the military’s campaign to take ISIS’ de facto capital in Raqqa unfolds.“Senator McCain traveled to northern Syria...
  • McCain: I’ve Yet to Meet President Trump Since He Took Office

    04/08/2017 10:37:53 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 75 replies ^ | March 26, 2017
    McCain said he’d met Trump “some years ago” when he was a businessman, but had not met him since. McCain said he did speak “almost daily” to National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, however. “He doesn’t seem to be that upset that he’s not talking to him,” said German Marshall Fund’s Derek Chollet, a former Obama Pentagon official. “He’s trying to run U.S. defense policy through Mattis and effectively ignore Trump.” The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
  • McCain: We Need Further Air Operations in Syria [video]

    04/08/2017 8:23:40 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 75 replies ^ | April 8 2018 | AP
    Republican Senator John McCain said on Friday that more airstrikes were needed to put a stop to the killing in Syria. SEE VIDEO
  • McCain Calls for Renewed Support for Free Syrian Army, Establishment of No-Fly Zones

    04/07/2017 9:04:04 AM PDT · by rxsid · 39 replies ^ | 04/07/2017 | Fox News Insider
    "McCain Calls for Renewed Support for Free Syrian Army, Establishment of No-Fly Zones Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airfield should only be the first step against the Assad regime. ... McCain said he hopes President Donald Trump now "moves forward" with a new Syria strategy by "reinvigorating" support for the Free Syrian Army and establishing no-fly zones."
  • McCain: Nunes 'Killed' Bipartisanship in House Russia Probe

    04/02/2017 7:09:17 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 72 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04/02/2017 | Eric Mack
    Rep. Devin Nunes', R-Calif., actions as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee "killed" any hope for a bipartisan investigation, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday. "This is obviously a schism between Republican and Democrats, let alone that bizarre fashion with which all of this happened," McCain told ABC's "This Week" about Nunes' visit to the White House to view sensitive documents and briefing the president before members of his bipartisan House Intelligence Committee. {..snip..}
  • McCain: Nunes has 'a lot of explaining to do'

    03/28/2017 11:42:16 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 108 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 28 2017 | MALLORY SHELBOURNE
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) needs to explain his visit to White House grounds one day before briefing President Trump on surveillance affecting his transition team. "I think there needs to be a lot of explaining to do,” McCain told “CBS This Morning.” “I’ve been around for quite a while and I’ve never heard of such thing.”
  • Rand Paul: 'Unhinged' McCain makes 'strong case for term limits'

    03/16/2017 12:46:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    THE HILL ^ | March 16,2017 | By Rebecca Savransky
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday shot back at Sen. John McCain after the Arizona Republican accused Paul of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits," Paul said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I think maybe he's past his prime; I think maybe he's gotten a little bit unhinged." McCain made the claims Wednesday from the Senate floor. "He has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians," McCain said. "The senator from Kentucky is now working...
  • John McCain: Rand Paul ‘Is Now Working for Vladimir Putin’

    03/15/2017 6:06:54 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 79 replies
    The long-simmering war between Sens. John McCain and Rand Paul boiled over on Wednesday when the Arizona lawmaker directly accused his colleague of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While speaking from the Senate floor in support of a bill advancing Montenegro’s bid to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), McCain noted objection from his Kentucky colleague, saying that if you oppose the measure, “You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin... trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject an attempted coup.” Several moments later, after the 80-year-old senator asked for unanimous consent to...