Update: McCain says he ‘misspoke’
John McCain says he “misspoke” when he said President Obama was “directly responsible” for the Orlando tragedy.
McCain had been blasting the president for his foreign policy decisions, which, he claimed, had led to the growth of ISIS. However, many were quick to criticize him for his choice of language that suggested Obama was himself personally involved in the attack.
“I did not mean to imply that the President was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the President himself,” McCain clarified.
Senator John McCain blames President Obama claiming that ISIS has grown on his watch.
McCain, who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential election, made the comment to reporters Thursday while Obama was in Orlando visiting with the families of those killed in Sunday’s attack and some of the survivors…
In the aftermath of the shooting, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused Obama of putting U.S. enemies ahead of American’s own people. Trump also has suggested that Obama himself might sympathize with radical elements…
McCain is seeking a sixth term in the Senate from Arizona and is locked in a tight race.
Democrats quickly pounced on McCain’s criticism.
Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said McCain’s “unhinged comments are just the latest proof that Senate Republicans are puppets of Donald Trump.”