Senator John McCain Weighs In On President Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Senator John McCain Weighs In On President Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy | Morning Joe | MSNBC


>>>WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT
DONALD TRUMP’S TROUBLING RHETORIC AND NOW WILBUR ROSS
LOOKS TO BE GETTING INTO THE THX HERE.
SPEAKING AT A CONFERENCE IN LOS ANGELES YESTERDAY, “VARIETY”
REPORTS ROSS RECALLED THE SCENE AT MAR-A-LAGO ON APRIL 6th.
WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERED THE AIR STRIKE AGAINST SYRIAN FORCES
AS HE HOSTED THE CHINESE PRESIDENT.
THE SECRETARY REPORTEDLY TOLD THE AUDIENCE, JUST AS DESSERT
WAS BEING SERVED, THE PRESIDENT EXPLAINED TO MR. XI THAT HE HAD
SOMETHING HE WANTED TO TELL HIM, WHICH WAS THE LAUNCHING OF 59
MISSILES INTO SYRIA. ROSS JOKED, IT WAS IN LIEU OF
AFTER-DINNER ENTERTAINMENT. AFTER THE CROWD LAUGHED, ROSS
REPORTEDLY SAID, QUOTE, IT DIDN’T COST THE PRESIDENT
ANYTHING TO HAVE THAT ENTERTAINMENT.
FOR SOME PERSPECTIVE, THOSE 59 TOMAHAWK MISSILES ARE ESTIMATED
TO HAVE COST AROUND $89 MILLION AND AT LEAST SEVEN PEOPLE WERE
KILLED IN THE ATTACK, ACCORDING TO THE SYRIAN MILITARY.
>>FROM CAPITOL HILL, SENATOR JOHN McCAIN OF ARIZONA.
GREAT TO TALK TO YOU. A LOT TO COVER.
LET’S START, THOUGH, OBVIOUSLY, WITH ONE OF THE GLARING
STATEMENTS THE PRESIDENT SAID YESTERDAY THAT HE WOULD BE
HONORED TO MEET WITH THE DICTATOR OF NORTH KOREA.
YOUR REACTION TO THAT. >>I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT AND I
DON’T THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT APPRECIATES THE FACT THAT WHEN
HE SAYS THINGS LIKE THAT, IT HELPS THE CREDIBILITY AND
PRESTIGE OF THIS REALLY OUTRAGEOUS STRONG MAN.
THE LARGEST GOLOG LEFT ON EARTH IS IN NORTH KOREA.
WE ALL KNOW ABOUT THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND OTHERS.
JOE, I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THIS AND ALSO ABOUT THE COMMENTS
ABOUT THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES, AND YOU AND I ARE
OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER BEING REAGAN REPUBLICANS.
ONE THING REAGAN DID WAS HE PRAISED PEOPLE WHO STOOD UP
AGAINST DICTATORSHIPS. REMEMBER WHEN HE MENTIONED
NATHAN TRANSKY’S INCARCERATION AND HOW IT ENCOURAGED THOSE WHO
WERE STANDING UP AGAINST THE SOVIET UNION AND HOW IT
RICOCHETED AROUND THE GULAGH AND TAKE DOWN THIS WALL.
THIS IS A DRAMATIC DEPARTURE TO THE KIND OF HUMAN RIGHTS THAT I
ADMIRED RONALD REAGAN SO MUCH FOR.
I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS WHY HE WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL
PRESIDENT IN HISTORY. >>WHY DOES THERE SEEM TO BE A
TREND THAT THIS PRESIDENT PRAISES TYRANTS IN NORTH KOREA,
TYRANTS IN RUSSIA, AUTOCRATS IN TURK Y MURDERERS IN THE
PHILIPPINES. AND WHAT CONCERN ARE OUR FELLOW
REPUBLICANS ON THE HILL VOICING AT LEAST BEHIND THE SCENES ABOUT
THIS? >>WELL, I THINK IT’S VERY
DISTURBING. IT’S DISTURBING BECAUSE WE ARE
PROUD REPUBLICANS AND WE STAND FOR HUMAN RIGHTS.
THE REASON THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS CALLED THE SHINING
CITY ON THE HILL. ONE OF THE MAJOR REASONS WE
ENDED THE COLD WAR, WE STOOD IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE SOVIET
UNION. ONE OF THE PILLARS OF AMERICA
AND ONE OF THE REASONS SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WANT TO
BE LIKE US BECAUSE WE DO STAND FOR THESE THINGS.
NO, I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT EVERY WAR AND PUT DOWN EVERY BRUSHG
FIRE, BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE TO STAND FOR THOSE
FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES SO THAT WE CAN ASSUME A LEADERSHIP ROLE
IN THE WORLD. OTHERWISE WE’RE JUST LIKE
EVERYBODY ELSE. I DON’T WANT TO BE LIKE
EVERYBODY ELSE. >>I’M GOING TO ASK YOU,
SENATOR, TO PLEASE ZOOM OUT. THESE COMMENTS THAT THE
PRESIDENT MADE ABOUT DICTATORS FROM SMART COOKIE TO DOING A
FANTASTIC JOB, A STRONG LEADER, VERY FRIENDLY CONVERSATION,
RECEIVED CONGRATULATORY CALL, ALL FROM DICTATORS, ALL FROM
LEADERS WE SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT.
AND YET IN A RAMBLING CONVERSATION WITH CBS’S
DICKERSON OVER THE WEEKEND, HE TALKED ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA
SAYING THE RELATIONSHIP HAS DETERIORATED AND HE BROUGHT UP
WIRETAPPING AGAIN. IF I CAN GLEAN WHAT I CAN
UNDERSTAND FROM THE CONVERSATION, WHICH WAS ALMOST
INCOHERENT, BIGGER PICTURE, ARE YOU AT ALL CONCERNED ABOUT THE
PRESIDENT’S ABILITY TO DO HIS JOB?
>>WELL, WHEN THE PRESIDENT DOES HIS JOB SUCH AS THE CRUISE
MISSILE STRIKE, SUCH AS SELECTING A NATIONAL SECURITY
TEAM THAT IS THE STRONGEST I’VE SEEN, SUCH AS MANY OF THE ACTUAL
ACTIONS THAT HE HAS TAKEN, I HAVE BEEN STRONGLY SUPPORTIVE.
AND I WILL CONTINUE. HIS COMMITMENT TO RESTORING OUR
MILITARY, WHICH IS IN TERRIBLE DISARRAY, TERRIBLE STATE RIGHT
NOW. I WON’T GO THROUGH ALL THE
STATISTICS, INCLUDING TWO-THIRDS OF OUR FIGHTER AIRCRAFT ARE DOWN
FOR LACK OF PARTS. SO, THERE ARE MANY THINGS THE
PRESIDENT HAS DONE THAT I STRONGLY SUPPORT AS FAR AS
NATIONAL SECURITY. BUT THE STATEMENTS AND COMMENTS
OBVIOUSLY FLY IN THE FACE OF EVERYTHING THAT I’VE STOOD FOR
AND BELIEVED IN ALL OF MY LIFE. >>MIKE BARNICLE?
>>VERY FEW SENATORS TRAVEL THE WORLD AS MUCH AS YOU DO.
YOU SPEAK TO PEOPLE WHO ALSO TRAVEL THE WORLD AND THEY COME
BACK REPORTING WORLD LEADERS AND PEOPLE OF INFLUENCE IN OTHER
COUNTRIES WHEN THEY HEAR ABOUT THESE THINGS THAT OUR PRESIDENT
SAYS, OUR PRESIDENT DOES, THEY BASICALLY REPLY WITH ONE WORD —
IT’S SAD. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT
ASSESSMENT THAT APPEARS TO BE GROWING AROUND THE WORLD AMONG
OUR ALLIES AND PEOPLE WHO LOOKED TO THE UNITED STATES?
>>I THINK IT’S MORE CONFUSION THAN ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE OF
THE CONTRADICTORY STATEMENTS THAT THE PRESIDENT MAKES.
ABOUT HALF THE TIME, I AGREE WITH HIM, BECAUSE ONE DAY IT’S
ONE COMMENT AND THEN THE NEXT DAY ANOTHER.
CONSISTENCY HAS GOT TO BE THE FUNDAMENTAL PILLAR OF NATIONAL
SECURITY POLICY. AND I WISH THAT THE PRESIDENT
WOULD CONSIDER MUCH MORE CAREFULLY HIS COMMENTS,
PARTICULARLY IN PRAISE OF OF A NORTH KOREAN — HE’S WORSE THAN
A DICTATOR. HE’S A DESPOT.
I’VE RUN OUT OF ADJECTIVES AND ADD VERBS.
THE GUY IN PHILIPPINES HAS PRAISED EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS.
7,000, I’VE READ, HAVE BEEN KILLED.
YOU CAN’T PRAISE THASE THAT KIN BEHAVIOR AND NOT HAVE — RAISE
CONCERNS AROUND THE WORLD. PARTICULARLY WHEN I WOULD ARGUE
THAT DEMOCRACY IS IN GREATER ASSAULT AND PRESSURE NOW WHEN
YOU LOOK AT THE FLOW OF REFUGEES, WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL
THE STRAINS, THE RISE OF ULTRANATIONALIST LEADERS IN
VARIOUS COUNTRIES IN EUROPE, LIKE HUNGARY AND OTHERS, WE NEED
THE MESSAGE OF FREEDOM, THE MESSAGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, THE
MESSAGE WE STAND FOR DEMOCRACY MORE THAN EVER BEFORE.
>>SENATOR, I’M LOOKING ON GOOGLE, AMERICAN PRESIDENT
CALLING THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES, QUOTE, A RESPECTED
VOICE FOR REASON AND MODERATION. THAT WAS RONALD REAGAN ABOUT
FERDINAND MARCOS EARLY ON BEFORE THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION TURNED
ON HIM. I’M WONDERING, TO PUT IN
CONTEXT, HAVING PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS, EVEN PRESIDENT
REAGAN WHO YOU PRAISED EARLIER, PRAISING LEADERS WHO DON’T ACT
CONSISTENT WITH OUR VALUES, WHAT IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT PRESIDENT
TRUMP IS DOING? >>WELL, MY FRIEND, TO
COMPARE — LOOK, RONALD REAGAN WAS BY NO MEANS PERFECT.
HE MADE MANY MISTAKES. IRAN CONTRA IS PROBABLY ONE OF
THE BEST EXAMPLES. BUT FROM THE BEGINNING HE MAY
HAVE MADE A COMMENT ABOUT MARCOS OR SOMETHING, BUT FROM THE
BEGINNING, RONALD REAGAN, HE STOOD IN BERLIN AND SAID, TAKE
DOWN THIS WALL. HE SAID NATHAN SHOULD BE FREE.
JACKSON VANEK HE SUPPORTED, WHICH REQUIRED THE EXDUS AND
IMMIGRATION OF PEOPLE FROM SOVIET UNION.
YOU CAN FIND A COMMENT OR STATEMENT THAT RONALD REAGAN
MADE, MY FRIEND, BUT HAVE NO DOUBT ABOUT WHAT HIS PRINCIPLES
WERE AND WHAT HE ESPOUSED ISS AD WHAT HE SUCCEEDED IN DOING.
IN THE WORDS OF MARGARET THATCHER, HE WON THE COLD WAR
WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT. IT WAS STANDING UP FOR DEMOCRACY
AND FREEDOM WHICH IS ONE OF THE MAIN ELEMENTS.
>>ALL RIGHT. SENATOR McCAIN, WHAT’S YOUR
ADVICE FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND AMERICANS, FOR WORLD LEADERS,
THAT ARE HAVING TO KEEP UP OVER THE LAST 48 HOURS WITH A FLURRY
OF STATEMENTS THAT EVEN PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN DOUGLAS
BRINKLEY SAID SUGGESTED A CONFUSED MENTAL STATE FROM OUR
PRESIDENT? >>MY WORDS, AS I RECENTLY
VISIT, IS PRESIDENTS GROW IN OFFICE.
I STILL BELIEVE THIS PRESIDENT CAN GROW IN OFFICE.
I THINK HE HAS SURROUNDED HIMSELF WITH A STRONG NATIONAL
SECURITY TEAM. I SUPPORTED HIS CRUISE MISSILE
STRIKE. INC. FOR THE FIRST TIME WE ARE
STANDING UP TO RUSSIA. WE ARE STANDING UP FOR THE
PEOPLE THAT ARE UNDER ASSAULT IN PLACES LIKE MOSUL AND RAQQAH AND
WE ARE DOING GOOD THINGS. AND THE PRESIDENT’S COMMITMENT
TO REBUILD THIS MILITARY, WHICH IS NOT HAPPENING WITH WITH THIS
BILL WE’RE ABOUT TO PASS, BUT HIS COMMITMENT TO THAT I THINK

100 comments

  1. President trump seems to be trying something new. The rhetoric of John Kerry simply did not work. Trying an approach problems at one hundred and eighty degrees from an unworkable direction might at least source a chance for progress. Is it better to talk nice to your wife during an argument or strike her with a blunt instrument?

  2. Ronald Reagan is one of the most overrated Presidents in US history. The reason no Republican can live up to him is because they put him on such a high pedestal.

  3. Turned out that protection Trump wanted us to pay seems to be a possible U.S. Base Station to point missile toward China not against purely against N. Korea's nuk. We didn't ask for money when we sent our men to help your wars because we were allies. Also, we do not want to point guns at China or pay for the "security". My families have mix of both Korea and U.S. Military and we think Trump's demand is outrageous because Koreans don't sit and do nothing for U.S.'s security. We sent our families to Iraq, Afghanistan for U.S. And in the past many Koreans went to Vietnam for U.S.

  4. Reagan stood up to dictators? He was among the best presidents (okay, this one could also be a lie)? He was in vongress and Senate for most of Regans presidency. Alternate memories of things, that were happening. That he wittnessed as a congressman and later as a Senator. Look at his weird confused smile and his bronze eyes. I'm afrd, this man is senile or has early signs of Alzheimer's. Either way, i think, it's time for him to retire. He could've been voted out last Novembe, but the Democrats just ran with a weak, too conservative candidate to replace him.

  5. He's a game show host people. Now he holds more power than any other human being in this world. It cannot be a shock when this drivel continues to spill from his mouth. This is a dark and horrible time for the United States. Let's all pray that he is impeached before doing anything that may cost hundreds if not thousands of lives, and not just American lives. Life on this planet is not safe while this imbecile has access to nuclear weapons.

  6. I have lost all respect for McCain I was in Vietnam the same time he was use to respect him but he is nothing but a Rino supporting the lefts agenda. He is way pat due for retirement.

  7. "After dinner entertainment" and the "chocolate cake" probably referring to small black children they like to molest

  8. I was a little worried about Trump when he was elected, but he seems to be doing well so far. We've had many years of bad presidents for him to clean up after.

  9. you can see mccain is not happy with trump and does not support him, but is forced to because trump is a part of the republican party.

  10. so Mika leads off with the Chinese then goes to Trump praising un

    Yes he may be "praising" him by stating he would meet but at the same time he is sending an Armada! o the region and the thaad missile system….

    so where does Mika want to place her liberal outrage ?

    meeting or bombing or both to hedge her bets?

    she is incredibly stupid

  11. They about made him mad comparing Trump to Reagan.

    Who cares what McCain has to say, he is a spineless party hack.

  12. McCain doesn't know anything about putting the United States or its citizens first. He knows quite a bit about putting military contractors first, though. Flushing taxpayer money down the toilet in some random third-world sewer is really his area of expertise.

  13. Even a huge name Conservative like Senator John McCain is against Trump and his blatantly bad antics. The stubborn sheeple will still fail to see themselves being tricked by Trump.

  14. Poor Mr. President, So Sad so Confused. So hilariously tired Mr. President. When he gets so punch drunk from being peppered with good questions. He can't do this job, obviously wants to be President, he is just not cut out for It.
    #SO SAD#SO SENILE#REAL DEMENTIA#NEEDS IMODIUM FOR THE VERBAL DIARRHEA ON TWITTER!

  15. "I like the guys who didn't get caught". Pretty sure tRump made a friend for life with that one.

  16. With what is assumed that is coming up initially, How can one be assured they have The correct understanding of such events that unfold. To what order might this symphony play their instruments! Who is to say that A shall play before z or m before n.For it is not until the concert, That its toon shall be deemed Understood! For it will beRequired that a section of that orchestra shall be removed from their seats, in order to produce a correct harmony! For their instruments were set to Create a dissonance Of deception! By the way of old, That of a secret organized hand shake! And in the blink of an eye they shall be exposed as bare naked truth, For note! 6 by 6 and 6 shall fall!

  17. Reagan= "Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.", "All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk" Then there was "Reaganomics" which is basically "Trickle Down". But in all fairness Reagan did have Alzheimer's disease. But now people question Trump's sanity.
    Can't the Republicans find a candidate in their party that does not suffer from Neurodegeneration? Well the saying is "Birds of a feather….".

  18. Keep your friends close,Keep your enemies closer ! especially when "Thou has placed a table in the presents of thy enemies" even if the place happens to be Mara Largo ! sometimes the only way to get a message perfectly clear is to speak softly & launch a big stick ! all 59

  19. Ya, let's take advice from 2x failed candidate McCain. John, there's a reason the left wing media always comes to you…they know you will always throw conservatives and republicans under the bus.

  20. Shining city of murderers like you mc Cain you mad little man.america is the scourge of the world.you are despised

  21. It cost us $80 million, it did NOTHING to deter the murdering of Syrian civilians by militants (whether Syrian gov. or rebel or Russian, do we know yet?), and it was apparently a flopping, blood-dripping gift from a soft daddy to a weak-willed girl.

  22. Oh c;mon, you don't know why he praises those jerks!!! It's because he and his minions respect only strength. Just like my hero, Lindbergh, respected the Nazis… they were strong and he respected strength. Now we know better… or do we?

  23. “I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him,” (Interview with Reuters speaking about Kim Jong Un, May 18, 2016)
    Good work Joe.

  24. Be careful you don't turn into the bully of the world. Countries will turn. History has shown that.

  25. I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT SEN MCCAIN, ONE OF THE FEW SANE VOICES IN THE GOP CAMP.ANSWERED A QUESTION ABOUT DONALD TRUMP BY TALKING ABOUT OTHER WORLD LEADERS. HE WAS ASKED A QUESTION ABOUT "SAD" AS A DESCRIPTION FOR MODERN-DAY AMERICA BECAUSE OF MR. TRUMP AS THE LEADER OF OUR GOVERNMENT. AND HE WENT ON AND ON ABOUT OTHER WORLD LEADERS …..

    AND HE SAYS HE THINKS 70-YEAR OLD TRUMP WILL GROW. (is that: grow up??)

    I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED SENATOR MC CAIN.

  26. McCain is acting and thinking like a POW again. Prisoner of Trump. A lot of denial in that McCain nowadays

  27. Where was this conversation during the endless campaign? Not a word. You are all complicit allowing this madman to get nominated, much less elected.

  28. If Trump were anything like his hero Andrew Jackson, Trump would have challenged McCain to a duel and shot him dead long ago.

  29. If Trump were anything like his hero Andrew Jackson, Trump would have challenged McCain to a duel and shot him dead long ago.

  30. Bush O Phile!!!! I remember this old fart dying to invade Iran before Obama entered office.
    Johnny **WET START*****McCain!!!
    Blew up USS Forrestal by flooding his engines with fuel to flame the pilot behind him as a joke..
    McCain Ended up launching a heat seeking missile from the jet behind him and killed nearly 100 men. Fragged from the skies by his Fellow Air Force pilots.
    Time to open up trade w Russia to improve our economy and theirs. What is conspiracy in that. Stupid Obama killed that by kicking out all Russian diplomats and making up Russia Hack BS story. The world is all laughing at us.

  31. I have lived in Arizona most of my life (56 years old now) and never had any respect for John.  He got elected running his mouth about being a P.O.W, not on any merits he possessed.  He has been in the position far too long and is just a waste of a good chair in the senate.  Totally and utterly useless!  He is so far removed from the point of view of the constituents it is ridiculous!  Sit down and stfu john!

  32. You all just pile on bull chit ! Did you know that during the hearing [ may 3rd ] Comey testified that no one ask / told him to ever drop the Flynn case ! DONTJAKNOW ! stupid people [ msnbc ]

  33. McCain hasn't shown this much enthusiasm since he was broadcasting for radio Hanoi. What a great patriot.

  34. What a great American. McCain hasn't shown this much honor, than when he publicly abandoned the MIA,leaving them to die. No wonder he's the media favorite conservative.

  35. Now wait a minute… wouldn't the info on our fighter jets being down for parts be classified? What a stupid statement.

  36. McCain is a criminal, his hands are in the blood of the children of Vietnam and others. Arrest this paranoid rabid dog. McCain is a client of Guantanamo! Scoundrel.

  37. Did he just say 2/3 of fighter aircraft are in operational because of lack of parts? How did nobody challenge him on that? Does anybody have any source material for that? As far as I could tell this is just another one of John McCain promilitary lies.

  38. Senator McCain is NO War hero.
    His flew his jet away from his sortie, Ran like a coward and spent his prison time eating lobster while his fellw prisoners were being tortured.
    He is a Liberal Rhino Fake republican.
    Term Limits !!!!!!!

  39. Oh John…..! wake-up and be yourself, not only Party-line, or, is the Republican Party the real USofA…? Ryan would be smiling in his patience..!. does these people have Children…? OK, that could easily be asked of the sitting President but who can you blame for putting him there…!? Certainly not the Coal Miners of Carolina….!

  40. McCain is complaining about the state of the military, what is the military doing with all those billions they get, a toilet paper don't cost $20, they military needs to stop wasting , and focus on fixing, they also need to start pending a lot more money on the health and well being on the soldiers and their families

  41. This is BS. I can remember many a Republican who criticized Pres. Obama because he WAS NOT more like Putin!!!

  42. HA! This man #ImpeachMcCain US Senator John McCain has allegedly associated with the terror organization responsible for recent cowardly murders against innocent citizens…children!!! in London. http://www.wnd.com/2017/06/london-terrorist-fought-for-mccain-backed-jihadists/

  43. Insulting tweet storms, crazy policy changes, comedy road show in whiteville, all coming after Kushner releases his written lies. This is all to distract the media from Kushner and the Russian investigation. Keep your eyes on the ball mainstream media, let fox news run with these distractions.

  44. TRAITOR,(definition) a person who betrays a friend (sarah palin) country (USA) principle (Will of the American people)

  45. It is with a heavy heart that I mention this. I feel that it is time for, rather than going thru an impeachment proceeding, the House entertain a declaration to enact the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. He seems to be getting worse in his mental/cognitive state.
    How much longer will the Congress acquiesce to the public actions our President has been doing? It appears that he is beginning to embarrass the Office of the President. ~Tim~

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