00:39 GMT +326 March 2017
    President-elect Donald Trump walks to his swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S. January 20, 2017

    Trump Goes Ballistic, Calls Out McCain & Co for 'Always Looking to Start WWIII'

    © REUTERS/ J. Scott Applewhite/Pool
    Get short URL

    President Donald Trump has had enough of the constant criticism coming from senior Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham, blasting the Senators and saying that they should focus their efforts on important issues concerning US national security "instead of always looking to start World War III."

    Trump made the comments Sunday on Twitter, responding to the latest tirade by McCain and Graham over the presidential executive order on immigration. The President called the senators' statement on immigration "weak" and "wrong," adding that they "should focus their energies on ISIS [Daesh], illegal immigration and border security" instead of constantly looking to start global conflicts.

    The tweets were a response to a joint statement put out by the senior Republican lawmakers, in which they condemned Trump's executive order placing a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. The senators accused the Trump administration of failing to "properly vet" the executive order, and said it would harm Muslims who call America home, as well as refugees. "Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism," the statement said.

    Over the weekend, Donald Trump defended his 'Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States' executive order, which he signed Friday, telling reporters that "to be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting." 

    On Sunday, responding to criticisms that Saudi Arabia, from which 15 of the 19 hijackers who committed the September 11, 2001 attacks, was not on the list, Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway hinted that the restrictions may be expanded in the future. "This president will certainly keep identifying threats and risks," she said.

    Trump's supporters rushed to support the President against the hawkish senators, recalling Graham and McCain's origins with the 'Never Trump' movement and calling the politicians out, accusing them of being 'globalists', 'neocons,' and 'Soros puppets'.

    Speaking to Radio Sputnik about the latest spat between Trump and the lawmakers, Vladimir Vasiliev, a senior fellow at the Institute of the USA and Canada, recalled that the senators were trying to block Trump long before he was ever elected, and aren't likely to stop now.

    "Their joint statement is a continuation of their effort to counter Trump, which stems all the way back to the election campaign. Graham and McCain are trying to come out as the internal opposition. Their strategic goal is to paralyze Trump," the analyst said.

    Vasiliev added that McCain and Graham "understand that if they don't do so now, it may be impossible for them to do so in the future."

    Accordingly, he noted, "given their anti-Russian attitudes, it's essential that Trump puts them in check. The weaker their position…the more likely it will be that the negative pressures they exert on Russian-US relations will be weakened."

    Last week, McCain and Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer announced that they were considering proposing a bill that would make it impossible for Trump to lift anti-Russian sanctions without Congressional approval.

    Vasiliev also believes that McCain and company are likely to try to oppose Trump even in domestic policy. "In the near future, we can expect some serious battles on Capitol Hill," he said. "This includes the implementation of Trump's domestic policy, including tax reform, investment in infrastructure, and an increase in the military budget. McCain, for example, is opposed to Trump budget chief pick Mick Mulvaney…considering him an opponent of increased military spending."


    Trump Pushes for 'Equitable Distribution of Spending in NATO'
    Baghdad Urges Washington to Review 'Erroneous' Ban on Entry for Iraqi Nationals
    'Not Our Business': Trump's Immigration Decree Not Kremlin's Concern
    Putin Likely to Meet Trump Ahead of July G20 Summit
    US Moneybags Prepared to Spend Millions on Pressuring Trump Through His Circle
    Trump Pledges to Support People Suffering From Syrian Conflict
    Conway: Inconvenience for 1% of Travelers 'Small Price to Pay' for Security
    rebuke, tweets, commentary, response, criticism, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment
    • avatar
      I've said it a hundred times and I'll say it once more: the people of Arizona who keep electing this rabid psychopath into office should also be banned from entering the U.S.!
    • avatar
      marcanhaltin reply toquestfortruth(Show commentHide comment)
      questfortruth, These are mostly retired northerners who have voted Republican all their lives.
    • avatar
      jasin reply toquestfortruth(Show commentHide comment)
      questfortruth, Much of the blame is on the state GOP for not having a replacement. Or the mainGOP block should squeeze the AZ GOP until it reforms. It's as if the DNC is running the AZ GOP.
    • avatar
      ALL they care is about staging coup d etat against Russia. HATE PUTIN , create propaganda. and they were doing it against TRUMP.
      I warned about playing the card in comments ONLY. Now the see the reality. ANd TRUMP have Mc Cain Hugging terrorists form AL Qaeda and AL Nusra in Syria, to open a recruiting station or some. and kill police etc and create CHAOS in Syria. Just like in UKRAINE where security was burned alive and precinct assaulted by POROSCHENKO, YATS on the lead.
    • avatar
      It's about time these two were outed as Democrats and removed from the GOP. I may not agree with Trump on some key issues, but he's getting A LOT of it right. Thak you DJT and those supporting him. Drain the swamp.
    • avatar
      Some real Democrats (pro-peace) may never admit it, but they have to be loving some of this.
    • BlueStarin reply toquestfortruth(Show commentHide comment)
      questfortruth, One cannot but agree with you. I have written a couple of times here about this mccain guy. I really wonder if Arizona is made up of Zombies who are also bankrupted intellectually.
    • BlueStar
      Epenet, Lindsey Graham is just trying to tag-along, he is such a negative force.
    • siberianhusky
      Trump a politician with balls, who would have thought that of this guy. He looks better all the time.

      Go Trump Go
    • avatar
      I was waiting for this day and extremely pleased that the new President of USA, Mr. Donald Trump, is absolutely right in condeming the deeds of McCain/Lindsey and Co. They are both evil and working against the American interests. They have seriously damaged the reputation of the American Government over many decades now; IT IS TIME TO CONDEMN THEM AS TRAITORS AND THEY SHOULD BE TRIED FOR THEIR CRIMES AGAINS USA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.
    • avatar
      The Donald is right on here but he needs to apply this to Saudi Arabia and get us troops out of countries they dont belong , like Syria and Yemen and Afghanistan and and and and
      Trump got it exactly right.

      McCain and Graham are both super-shills for the Israel Lobby and the Neocon Wars - always ready to kill more people.
    • avatar
      silkwilliein reply tosilkwillie(Show commentHide comment)
      Befriending and allying with Saudi Arabia while wanting to destroy daesh or al qeada is pretty hypocritical
    • siberianhusky
      I have said many times before that Mc Cain cannot die fast enough. It is long overdue.
      Is he still suffering from the Vietnamese brain washing and implementing that was put in his head by the Vietnamese? Apart from that he was a lousy pilot and crashed too many planes.
    • NATOisEVIL
      These old evil lunatics is the "white angry men" the liberal multicult morons should concentrate their hatred against.
    • avatar
      marcanhaltin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, Not only are they antisocial when it comes to the campfire, but also illiterate when applying the classics. I suspect that neither of us is going anywhere soon, but that is to be understood when the naysayers are on welfare in the first place. Also on the west coast, which fits the MO
    • avatar
      Tim - USAin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, The AZ GOP has tried to put McCain in his place as McCain does not represent GOP values. They can't get rid of him either. He is a malignant cancer on the world.

      John McCain censured by Arizona GOP. Too liberal for his state? (+video)
      McCain Censored By Arizona GOP For 'Liberal' Voting Record That Includes Immigration Reform
      Arizona GOP censures McCain for ‘disastrous’ record
      Arizona GOP reprimands McCain
      McCain censured before, censured again
    • avatar
      double bonus
      [Trump's supporters rushed to support the President against the hawkish senators, recalling Graham and McCain's origins with the 'Never Trump' movement and calling the politicians out, accusing them of being 'globalists', 'neocons,' and 'Soros puppets'.]

      Yes! Yes! Go Trump Go!
      Tell those McCain-Graham sock puppets for Soros to go SHOVE IT!!!
    • avatar
      Both these guys should be kicked on their backside. Hope some American will do it. Maybe somebody will throw shoes at these guys when they speak. Two USA war mongers and imbeciles.
    • avatar
      I Defy Trump to throw his shoes at these guys.
    Show new comments (0)