Senator John McCain tore into President Trump on Friday after he called for Russia to be in attendance at G-7 summit, stating that the controversial move is the “antithesis” of principled realism and “a sure path to diminishing America’s leadership in the world.”
Thus effectively marking himself as the the third GOP senator to dismiss Trump’s statement that the G-7, a group of Western economic powers and Japan, should not be meeting this weekend in Quebec without Putin.
McCain contrasted Trump’s warmth towards Russia to his cold tactics when dealing with U.S. allies such as Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
“The president has inexplicably shown our adversaries the deference and esteem that should be reserved for our closest allies,” McCain said in a statement.
“Those nations that share our values and have sacrificed alongside us for decades are being treated with contempt. This is the antithesis of so-called ‘principled realism’ and a sure path to diminishing America’s leadership in the world,” he added.
Democratic leaders were also disgusted with Trump’s statement:
“President Trump is turning our foreign policy into an international joke, doing lasting damage to our country, without any rhyme or reason,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.
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