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John McCain Slams Trump: U.S. Leadership Was Better Under Obama

Trump is telling the world "America doesn’t want to lead," McCain said.

12/06/2017 12:26 PM AEST | Updated 13/06/2017 9:16 AM AEST

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) slammed the foreign policy of President Donald Trump and even compared him unfavorably to former President Barack Obama

The Guardian newspaper asked McCain what message Trump was sending the United Kingdom when he criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan after the June 3 terrorist attack that left eight dead and dozens wounded. 

“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” McCain was quoted as saying, adding that the rest of the world now has doubts about the role the United States will play in global affairs. 

“They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica,” McCain told The Guardian. 

The newspaper then asked if America’s standing around the world was better under Obama.

“As far as American leadership is concerned, yes,” McCain said. 

This is a major departure for McCain, who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential election and was a fierce critic of his former rival’s foreign policy. Last year, he gave that policy an F grade.

 

(h/t New York Daily News)

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