McCain denounces 'spurious nationalism' in thinly veiled shot at Bannon

McCain denounces 'spurious nationalism' in thinly veiled shot at Bannon

"What I was talking about is an environment here of. a reversion of the attitude to the '30s, which was one of the major reasons we fought World War II", McCain told reporters at the Capitol.

'To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of worldwide leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems, is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other exhausted dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history'.

As a presidential candidate, Trump said in 2015 that McCain was "not a war hero" because he was captured in Vietnam, adding, "I like people who weren't captured". Trump's decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that has benefited an estimated 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency.

The relationship between the pair - one a veteran lawmaker and war hero, the other a real estate tycoon and political neophyte before he assumed the presidency - has always been testy.

"Has your relationship with the president frayed to the point that you are not going to support anything that he comes to you and asks for?"

McCain appeared to take his revenge last night as he was awarded the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia by Joe Biden, the former vice president.

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He continued: "We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil". Not to put too fine a point on this, but there's literally nothing Donald Trump could realistically do to intimidate the Republican senator.

Indeed it was. The supposition in Doocy's question, after all, is that McCain's tensions with the president are the fault and responsibility of the senator.

In his acceptance speech for the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal, which was awarded to McCain for his "lifetime of sacrifice and service", McCain did not mention Trump or his administration explicitly.

The senior White House official said Kilmeade and others should focus on areas that McCain and Trump agree on.

But both Republican senators from Arizona have clashed with the president. "We thought we had it. John McCain voted no, which was a shocker".

He snapped at Doocy, saying, "Why would you say something that stupid?"

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