Longtime Arizona senator, former Republican presidential candidate and foreign policy hawk Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose line of questioning during former FBI director James Comey’s testimony last week raised some eyebrows, has said in an interview with the Guardian that, “As far as American leadership is concerned, yes,” the U.S. was better off with Barack Obama as president.
“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” McCain replied to the news outlet, which described the senator as “visibly irked.”
“[Other nations] are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica,” he added.
The response came to a question about President Trump’s Twitter response to the London terror attacks, including his response to Mayor Sadiq Khan, and the world’s perception of it.
When asked if America’s status around the globe was better under Obama, McCain replied, “As far as American leadership is concerned, yes.”
The remark has caused a firestorm on social media.
This will leave a mark. Ouch! Sen. John McCain: American Global Leadership Was Better Under Obama | Mediaite https://t.co/G3VwI29oXf— Robin (@puppymnkey) June 11, 2017
Stop the presses! Did @SenJohnMcCain really say this about @BarackObama? Uh, oh. @realDonaldTrump will have him investigated for treason! https://t.co/UJFXZ3Twq1— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) June 11, 2017
John McCain Admits That American Leadership Was Better Under Obama Than Trump https://t.co/ZfI6Y8vuX1— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 11, 2017
John McCain has lost his damned mind telling the Guardian Obama was a better leader than Trump. My God. Really Arizona? Proud?— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) June 11, 2017
McCain and Trump have been on-and-off feuding publicly for some time.