Earlier this week, President Donald Trump declared once again that he lost the popular vote because 3 to 5 million “illegals” voted in the 2016 election.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeated Trump’s argument on Tuesday, saying that Trump has come to this conclusion because of “studies and evidence people have brought to him.”
‘The President does believe that, I think he’s stated that before, and stated his concern of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence people have brought to him.’
On Wednesday morning, while Trump was busy whiningagain about voter fraud and promising to launch an investigation into the non-issue, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) was debunking the President’s claims and promising to focus on more important national security matters.
McCain, speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, said when asked about Trump’s claims of voter fraud:
‘I obviously have seen no evidence of illegal voting. But my focus has been on national security, getting Gen. Mattis in as secretary of defense, working with [CIA Director Mike] Pompeo, doing those issues that are national security.’
McCain added that he stopped focusing on Trump’s outlandish claims “a long time ago.”
‘A long time ago, honestly, I’ve stopped reacting to everything that the president has stated and try to work on the issues and the people who he is going to surround himself with who I am very pleased with as far as national security is concerned.’
In addition to calling Trump out on CNN, McCain also shot down Trump’s plans to review questionable interrogation techniques for terror suspects. McCain released the following statement on Wednesday:
‘The President can sign whatever executive orders he likes. But the law is the law. We are not bringing back torture in the United States of America.’
It’s questionable whether President Trump will actually listen to Senator McCain, regarding voter fraud conspiracy theories or torture. However, McCain has newly appointed CIA director Mike Pompeo on his side, and he’s made it perfectly clear that he has no plans to stop calling Trump out for his many missteps.
Watch McCain and Cooper’s exchange in the video below, via YouTube:
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