The British newspaper, the Guardian, has a new hit piece on President Donald Trump in which they gathered a few anti-Trump Republican voices in an effort to embarrass Trump. The two primary Republicans they leaned on for their one-sided attack were the Senators from Arizona – Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ). Neither man has ever warmed up to Trump, neither on the campaign trail or in the months since he’s been elected. Both men have actively opposed the President at almost every turn, even after Trump won their home state handily.
That the two men continue to oppose the President even after so many foreign and domestic policy victories is no surprise, McCain doesn’t change his mind about people even when they’re supposed to be his allies. Worse, Flake does whatever McCain tells him to do and he usually does it in as sycophantic a way as possible. Sadly, Flake was once considered (many years ago) a solid conservative, but during his time as the Junior Senator from Arizona has has swiftly drifted further and further left, today he’s one of the most liberal voices in the Senate GOP.
While their continued opposition to President Trump is not surprising, one of the comments that escaped from Senator McCain is riling up GOP voters. When the Guardian reporter asked McCain if President Obama had been a better leader than President Trump, McCain’s answer was a resounding “Yes.”
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.
All of this could have been avoided folks, if Arizona’s voters would have just listened to me and voted for Dr. Kelli Ward instead of John McCain during last year’s primary.