WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. John McCain has emerged as President Donald Trump’s prime Republican nemesis on Capitol Hill.
Since Trump’s inauguration, McCain has damaged with the president on his immigration order, warned him towards any rapprochement with Moscow, lectured him on the illegality of torture, and provided solely a tepid endorsement of Rex Tillerson, Trump’s secretary of state nominee.
Oh, and McCain additionally hammered Trump for backing away from – as an alternative of embracing – worldwide free commerce agreements.
As Trump presses forward with an formidable and contentious agenda at residence and overseas, McCain is pushing again, utilizing his seniority in Congress and his attribute bluntness. McCain, eighty, cruised to a sixth Senate time period in November, defeating a Democratic challenger who hounded the senator for standing by Trump even after the billionaire businessman insulted him as a “loser.”
Trump, who acquired a number of draft deferments in the course of the Vietnam period, additionally stated there was nothing heroic about McCain’s army document after he was shot down through the Vietnam Warfare and spent 5 ½ years as a prisoner of conflict.
McCain dropped his help for Trump in early October after a 2005 recording surfaced through which Trump boasted about groping ladies. The transfer led to an outcry from conservative voters firmly behind Trump. However McCain overcame the backlash in what might have been his remaining election.
He hasn’t seemed again.
Trump’s immigration order, signed by the president Friday, briefly suspends all immigration for residents of seven majority-Muslim nations for ninety days. McCain, alongside together with his shut good friend and Senate colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stated they feared Trump’s immigration order might “grow to be a self-inflicted wound within the struggle towards terrorism.”
“This government order sends a sign, meant or not, that America doesn’t need Muslims coming into our nation. That’s the reason we worry this government order might do extra to assist terrorist recruitment than enhance our safety,” McCain and Graham wrote.
That elicited an indignant tweet from Trump, who accused the 2 of “trying to begin World Conflict III.”
McCain and different senators stated that Trump’s order, until amended, would ban Iraqi pilots from coming to the USA for coaching to allow them to…