Yesterday we brought you the story of John McCain’s grotesque commentary in the UK’s Guardian news outlet. He had been asked by the British paper if he thought that President Obama had done a better job leading than President Trump has. Sadly, McCain’s response was in the affirmative, arguing that in terms of leadership in the world, “Yes,” Obama had been better.
This message angered many Republicans and even bewildered a few “Never Trumpers” who couldn’t believe that McCain would say such a thing about the President. Making matters worse, he made the comments to an overseas news outlet that was obviously writing a hit piece meant to embarrass the Trump administration.
Senator John McCain, a prominent Republican voice on foreign policy, was visibly irked when asked by the Guardian what message Trump had sent to the United Kingdom, one of America’s most enduring allies.
“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” McCain said, while adding of the rest of the world: “They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica.”
Asked if America’s standing on the global stage was better under Barack Obama, McCain, a fervent critic of the previous administration’s foreign policy, responded: “As far as American leadership is concerned, yes.”
This is patently ridiculous.
While McCain may hate Trump’s personality and he may even hate some of his foreign policy ideas, President Trump has done much to mend many of the problems that Obama’s policies and posture towards the rest of the world caused. While the leaders in parts of Western Europe may dislike Trump, his trip to the Middle East and his meetings with the leaders of the Far East and Eastern Europe have already proven Trump’s superiority as a leader on the world stage.
McCain’s comments aren’t just wrong, they can be proven false with a quick look at the newspapers covering the President’s meetings with world leaders.
Apparently, something got “lost in translation” for McCain. (Even though the British speak English too.)
Because today, the ancient Senator is arguing that he never said anything of the sort. In fact, today, McCain is emphatically arguing that the idea that Obama might have been a better leader is just ridiculous.
“I never said such a thing. A thousand times I said, ‘Look at the world in 2009 and look at it today.’ Of course, I never said [that]. If I did I was joking,” McCain told The Daily Caller.
Except, the Guardian says that he did. So what do you think? Is the Guardian lying about McCain’s comments, is McCain lying, or has McCain lost it and he really doesn’t remember ever saying such a thing? Whatever the answer is… it’s not good for McCain.