"Do some outreach. Get to know some of the Democratic leaders," he said, after having sung "Kumbaya" with Democratic-ish politicians like Lindsey Graham and Paul Ryan, who was there in spirit only. "You can find common ground," McCain added, referring to the idea of giving up conservative values.
McCain said he'd met Trump years ago when he was a businessman, but hadn't met him since. But was quick to add that he does speak a heck of a lot to National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, adding that they are both BFFs.
Derek Chollet of German Marshall Fund and a former Obama Pentagon official sided with McCain saying that "He doesn't seem to be that upset that he's not talking to him. He's trying to run U.S. defense policy through Mattis and effectively ignore Trump."
The White House had no response to the request for comment.
McCain has always been a vocal Trump critic and said of his tweet-diarrhea that it has caused "a great deal of uncertainty" regarding who he listens to as president. "Who drives the tweets at 6 a.m. in the morning?" he said redundantly as there is no 6 a.m. at night or afternoon.
The aging Senator also expressed concerns over the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Moscow, but didn't seem to care a fiddler's fart about the fact that leaking those names is a felony. "I have significant concerns about the intelligence committee's ability to get to the bottom of this issue," McCain said. "We need a select committee."
But he emphasized that the controversy shouldn't stop Trump from meeting with Russian counterparts to make tremendous deals that are very, very good deals.
"I just hope that one day Donald and I can be good friends and let bygones be bygones."
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