John McCain say Vladimir Putin a bigger threat than Islamic State pic.twitter.com/SHmH3nWml9— Report Focus News (@ReportFocus) May 29, 2017
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said Vladimir Putin is a bigger threat to global security than ISIS, The Guardian reports.
McCain made his comments from tour of Australia. On Putin:
“I think he is the premier and most important threat, more so than Isis.”
“(ISIS) can do terrible things and I worry a lot about what is happening with the Muslim faith … but it’s the Russians who tried to destroy the fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election.”
McCain said that he’d “seen no evidence [the Russians] succeeded but they tried and they are still trying to change elections.”
McCain pointed to Russian efforts to meddle in the French election, and that it had, “dismembered Ukraine, a sovereign nation” to explain his global threat rankings.
He wanted sanctions against Russia and said America has done nothing to respond to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
McCain said he was “nervous from time to time,” about international security under Trump, but has faith in Trump’s national security team.
“I do believe most of the time that he accepts their advice and counsel.
“Can I tell you that he does [that] all the time? No. Does it bother me? Yes, it bothers me.”
When asked about Jared Kushner’s back-channel communication with Russia, McCain said: “I don’t like it, I just don’t.”
McCain said it wasn’t standard procedure, as the Trump administration has claimed, saying it wasn’t, “prior to the inauguration of the president of the United States by someone who is not in an appointed position”.
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