Senator John McCain revealed that he has not met with President Trump in person since he took office. He urged Trump to reach out to his opponents whether they be Democrat or otherwise, just like Ronald Reagan did. “Do some outreach. Get to know some of these Democratic leaders,” he said. “You can find common ground.”
McCain, who leads the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that he is talking almost daily with the National Security Adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, and Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis. So there is ongoing communication between McCain and the Trump team as the Senator administrates the U.S. Defense Policy from his legislative position. But the silence between the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and the present president seems deafening.
There’s a strong reason for the rift. Now that McCain has secured another six years in office, he is once again proving himself a headache to the president. He declared that the White House is an “administration in disarray.” He has referenced Trump with a “dictator” for his stand against the press. And McCain blasted what he sees as “lies and falsehood;” he said that we now just have to look at what Trump does instead of what he says because of the constant contradictions.
The confrontational relationship hit a dark low when Nominee Trump questioned Senator McCain’s “war hero” status as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years. Trump quipped, “I like people who don’t get captured.” The relationship has been non-existent since. McCain skipped the Republican National Convention but continued to support the nominee until the “Access Hollywood” scandal where Trump bragged about inappropriately touching women.
McCain’s words have not all been confrontational concerning President Trump, and he hasn’t tried to thwart any of the president’s agenda. McCain called Trump’s choice of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor an “outstanding choice.” He went on to praise Trump’s team: “I give President Trump great credit for this decision, as well as his national security Cabinet choices. I could not imagine a better, more capable national security team than the one we have right now.”
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