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Saturday, February 18, 2017

McCain disses Trump in Europe

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is talking trash about our president to a security conference in Munich. 

McCain, a vocal critic of Trump said the president's administration was in "disarray" and that the NATO alliance will be alarmed by his administration's growing inability of "separating truth from lies." He explained that the forced resignation of Michael Flynn, Trump's national security adviser, shows there are serious problems in the administration. 

Flynn was asked to resign as National Security Adviser due to his having communication with a Russian diplomat and lying about it to VP Pence. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton also had face-to-face talks with the Russians and the press did not discuss it.

"I think that the Flynn issue obviously is something that shows that in many respects this administration is in disarray and they've got a lot of work to do," he inappropriately told the Europeans. "The president, I think, makes statements [and] on other occasions contradicts himself. So we've learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says," McCain said.

The US senator spoke of a shift away from "universal values" in the United States and Europe, which forged a NATO alliance. He said the founders of NATO would be "alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies." 

The truth is, however, the NATO alliance is obsolete, as it was designed to deal with the Soviet Union, which is no longer in existence. But that's a different story.

McCain, who is chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said that "more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent."

Although Europe appears uncomfortable with Trump's international policy statements, both Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have eased concerns by expressing a more traditional stance at a meeting of G20 countries in Bonn..

Vice President Mike Pence is to address the Munich conference on Saturday and is expected to reassure Europe that it's an indispensable American partner.

Hopefully, McCain will refrain from 'bad-mouthing' our administration when he is outside the country--he sounds too much like a previous president who couldn't help himself from doing the same thing.