McCain rips Trump’s congratulatory call to Putin as an insult to Russian people

By Max Greenwood – 03/20/18 01:29 PM EDT
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted President Trump on Tuesday over news that Trump phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his recent electoral win.
Putin won reelection in a landslide on Sunday — but both election observers and Putin’s political opponents have charged that the vote was tainted by widespread fraud.
In a statement, McCain called Trump’s phone call to Putin an insult to “every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country’s future.”
“An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections,” McCain said.

“And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country’s future, including the countless Russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist Putin’s regime.”
Trump called Putin on Tuesday to offer his congratulations on the Russian president’s victory, saying the two world leaders could meet again soon.
“We had a very good call,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We will probably be meeting in the not-too-distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control.”
The phone call came days after the Trump administration slapped new sanctions on Russia for its efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. The administration also ripped Russia last week over allegations that Moscow was behind the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy with a military-grade nerve agent on British soil.
Trump has personally faced scrutiny for what Democrats and some Republicans have called his reluctance to forcefully condemn aggressions by Russia, most notably the plot to interfere and disrupt the U.S. presidential race.
McCain has been a particularly fierce critic of Trump’s posture toward Moscow. After the president approved the release of a controversial memo authored by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee last month, McCain suggested that Trump was “doing Putin’s job for him.”

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McCain Just Absolutely Scorched Trump Over His ‘Half-Baked Nationalism’

Posted By: Andrew Romans October 16, 2017

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) just gave a speech passionately denouncing President Trump and Steve Bannon’s nationalistic, far-right ideology at tonight’s Liberty Medal ceremony.

McCain’s was being awarded the prestigious Liberty Medal, presented to him by former Vice President Joe Biden for his “lifetime of sacrifice and service” to the United States. In his acceptance speech, he said the following:

“To fear the world where we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we’ve advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of Earth’ for the sake of-some half baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who had rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans have consigned to the trash heap of history.

“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideas at home, and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably wealthy and powerful as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership as ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.”
President Trump has frequently made Sen. McCain a target of his Twitter tantrums, partially because the moderate Republican was instrumental in sinking the GOP’s failed Obamacare repeal. Trump also famously mocked McCain’s service as a prisoner of war during his presidential campaign: “He is a war hero because he was captured. I like guys who weren’t captured.”

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McCain unloads on Trump for failing to sanction Russia

Posted By: Andrew Romans October 11, 2017

Sens John McCain (R-AZ) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) just publicly condemned the Trump administration for failing to meet a legally-mandated deadline to impose sanctions against Russia for their interference in the 2016 election.

“The delay calls into question the Trump administration’s commitment to the sanctions bill which was signed into law more than two months ago, following months of public debate and negotiations in Congress. They’ve had plenty of time to get their act together,” the pair said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

The bipartisan bill was passed months ago, and had set an October 1st deadline by which Trump was required to identify which Russian targets should be punished as part of Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors. Those named would be met with sanctions.

The bill was passed as a way to force Trump to punish Russia for tampering with the election. The administration has not done so thus far.

Trump, for his part, has yet to weigh in on whether Russia interfered at all. An ongoing, much-publicized investigation is also being conducted into connections between Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives, which Trump has said is “fake news.”

“In addition to the administration’s lack of responsiveness on this deadline, there does not appear to be a significant diplomatic effort to engage our allies in Europe and lead an effort to increase pressure on Moscow,” McCain and Cardin continued. “Congressional intent was clear, reflected in the overwhelming bipartisan majority in favor of the legislation.”

McCain and Cardin attempted to remind Trump of his upcoming deadline in another letter on Sept. 29th, the same day Trump later issued a memorandum delegating the bulk of the task to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Despite this, the Trump administration has yet to name any names as the bill demands.

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John McCain Breaks With Trump & This Time, It’s Personal – Trump Tantrum Imminent

Natalie Thongrit – September 10, 2017
Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) has never been shy about going against President Trump. Earlier this summer, he was one of the few Senate Republicans who refused to vote in favor of the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. On Sunday, McCain, who has been undergoing treatment for an aggressive brain tumor, appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and broke with Trump on two more major issues.

First, McCain criticized Trump for the deal he made last week with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. The deal provided emergency funding for hurricane relief and also raised the debt ceiling to keep the government open for another three months.

When host Jake Tapper asked him about the deal and why he voted against it, McCain said:

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‘This was not an exercise in bipartisanship. The Republican leaders, Ryan and McConnell, were surprised to hear that he had cut this deal with Chuck and Nancy.’

‘That’s not the way we need to do business.’

‘Under this agreement, they not only don’t have everything they need, their lives are in greater danger. We can’t do that to them.’
Later on, toward the end of the interview, Tapper asked McCain about the reason so many Republicans — including President Trump — do not believe in climate change. McCain responded:

‘I don’t know because I can’t divine their motives, but I know this: There is things happening with the climate in the world that is unprecedented.’
He also stressed the importance of nuclear power “as part of the answer” and said that lawmakers “have to understand that the climate may be changing.”

‘[Nuclear power] is the cleanest, cheapest, in many ways, source of power.’

‘We have to understand that the climate may be changing and we can take common-sense measures which will not harm the American people and our economy.’

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