Senator John McCain stepped forth this Thursday to criticize President Trump’s attitude during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit, labeling it “disappointing” while reaffirming that it does not represent the United States.
“There is little use in parsing the president’s misstatements and bluster, except to say that they are the words of one man. Americans, and their Congress, still believe in the transatlantic alliance and NATO, and it is clear that our allies still believe in us as well,” McCain said in a statement.
He continued on to say that Trump’s “performance” in Brussels was “disappointing, yet ultimately unsurprising.”
Trump spurned backlash amongst European allies for his aggressive attitude during the summit, including his heated exchange with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump used the summit to reinstate his calls for allies to increase their defense spending.
McCain has been on leave from Washington due to his battle with brain cancer. However, Congress fired shots at Trump’s rhetoric this week, with the House pushing through a resolution supporting NATO and the Senate using a procedural vote to signal its support.
The NATO summit comes on the heels of a private meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
McCain continued on to say this Thursday that Trump must “reverse his disturbing tendency to show America’s adversaries the deference and esteem” that should placed upon our longtime allies while pointing out that the world will be watching the controversial meeting, he called upon Trump to be “strong and tough” against Putin.
“It is up to President Trump to hold Putin accountable for his actions during the meeting in Helsinki. Failure to do so would be a serious indictment of his stewardship of American leadership in the world,” he said.