Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) has never been shy about going against President Trump. Earlier this summer, he was one of the few Senate Republicans who refused to vote in favor of the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. On Sunday, McCain, who has been undergoing treatment for an aggressive brain tumor, appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and broke with Trump on two more major issues.
First, McCain criticized Trump for the deal he made last week with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. The deal provided emergency funding for hurricane relief and also raised the debt ceiling to keep the government open for another three months.
When host Jake Tapper asked him about the deal and why he voted against it, McCain said:
‘This was not an exercise in bipartisanship. The Republican leaders, Ryan and McConnell, were surprised to hear that he had cut this deal with Chuck and Nancy.’
‘That’s not the way we need to do business.’
He also said that the deal “is basically devastating to national defense” because it doesn’t give additional funding to the military to ensure “the men and women who are serving… have everything they need.”
‘Under this agreement, they not only don’t have everything they need, their lives are in greater danger. We can’t do that to them.’
Later on, toward the end of the interview, Tapper asked McCain about the reason so many Republicans — including President Trump — do not believe in climate change. McCain responded:
‘I don’t know because I can’t divine their motives, but I know this: There is things happening with the climate in the world that is unprecedented.’
He also stressed the importance of nuclear power “as part of the answer” and said that lawmakers “have to understand that the climate may be changing.”
‘[Nuclear power] is the cleanest, cheapest, in many ways, source of power.’
‘We have to understand that the climate may be changing and we can take common-sense measures which will not harm the American people and our economy.’
Watch McCain’s full interview with Tapper in the video below, available via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.