There are a few moderate Republicans who have established a reputation for criticizing President Trump. One of those public officials is Senator John McCain of Arizona. Whether it was during Trump’s early campaign or during his administration now the critiques never end. During a speech in Australia he spoke out against the President and told the audience that the President had unsettled our allies in Europe. Despite providing no proof to indicate this was true. The former presidential candidate was there to speak on issues related to Asian relations with the United States at the University of Sydney.
The Senator said,
“Other American allies have similar doubts these days and this is understandable. I realize that some of President Trump’s actions and statements have unsettled America’s friends. They have unsettled many Americans as well.
There is real debate under way now in my country about what kind of role America should play in the world and, frankly, I don’t know how this debate will play out. But I do believe…that the future of the world will turn to a large extent on how this debate in America is resolved. That’s why I and others are fighting so hard to ensure that America stands by our allies and remains an active, principled leader in the world.”
Just days prior, the Senator appeared on an Australian television network where he admitted that the President makes him nervous from time to time. He specifically cited the fact that the President only sometimes takes the advice of his national security team but other times does not.
On their Monday night 7:30 pm program he said,
“Can I tell you that he does all the time? No. Does it bother me? Yes, it bothers me.”
Isn’t that what President’s are supposed to do? They bring on experts in their field to give them classified and qualified information and then as the Commander-in-Chief, President Trump makes the final decision. What exactly is controversial or wrong about that?
Senator McCain discussed a variety of different issues which all related to the President in one form or another. He discussed the allegations of whether Russian government officials influenced the 2016 presidential election in the United States. McCain admitted there was no evidence to indicate this theory was accurate but that the firing of former FBI Director James Comey was a,
“scandal of significant proportions.”
When asked about how he felt on the issue of the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner attempting to create a backchannel for relations between Russia and the United States he said,
“I don’t like it, I just don’t.”
He also took the opportunity to denounce the President’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. His comments also encouraged Australians to look towards a future whenever President Trump is no longer in office. According to Bloomberg News he said,
“I would urge you to keep at it. And hopefully, someday in the future, under different circumstances, America will decide to join you.”
What this country needs is unity. And when our elected officials go overseas and trash our President and his policies it does not exactly create, establish, or maintain a united front. In an era where our European allies are more critical than ever because of the war against ISIS these types of shenanigans are not only negligent they could threaten national security.
If Senator McCain simply tried to work with the President he might actually be able to achieve some of the things he wants instead of just throwing rocks at the building from the outside, so to speak. But instead he has been bogged down in partisan politics. He is doing nothing but bringing embarrassment to the country.