Iconic Republican senator and former Vietnam POW John McCain from Arizona is holding Donald Trump’s feet to the fire. The hero gave the new president an old-fashioned rebuke for his boneheaded interaction with long-time Australian ally .
McCain did not hold back Thursday in his statement to Slate:
‘I called Australia’s Ambassador to the United States this morning to express my unwavering support for the U.S.-Australia alliance. I asked Ambassador Hockey to convey to the people of Australia that their American brothers and sisters value our historic alliance, honor the sacrifice of the Australians who have served and are serving by our side, and remain committed to the safer, freer, and better world that Australia does far more than its fair share to protect and promote.’
It seems that Trump got into an argument with one of our closest allies, the prime minister of Australia, on a phone call Saturday. Apparently, the president wanted to renege on President Barack Obama’s agreement with the land down under to take 1250 refugees. Then, Trump “boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win.”
Later Trump tweeted that these refugees are “illegal immigrants.” McCain called the Australian ambassador to express his support, he tweeted.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 2, 2017
The president spoke about McCain during the presidential election in 2015. He said:
‘He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.’
McCain was a Navy pilot until he was shot down and captured. He spent nearly five and a half years in “Hanoi Hilton,” which was perhaps the worst North Vietnamese prison. The Vietnamese tortured him throughout his two years of solitary confinement, but McCain never broke.
While McCain was wasting away in the jungle prison, the new guy in the Oval Office was obtaining five deferments, so that he would not have to fight in Vietnam. The first four deferments were for the years he was in college. The fifth was for a questionable foot injury.
McCain tweeted about Trump, calling him “a blunderbuss:”
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 30, 2017
On Thursday the Arizona senator released a statement about Australia, which sent soldiers to die alongside McCain, Slate reported:
‘Those of us who took part in the conflict remember well the service of more than 50,000 Australians in the Vietnam War, including more than 500 that gave their lives. You may recall that our commander in chief was able to avoid serving in Vietnam because he allegedly had bone spurs in his heels. He also later described the effort of avoiding sexually transmitted diseases as his own “personal Vietnam.”‘
McCain recognizes the danger Trump puts the country in by supporting Russia’s President Putin:
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 1, 2017
Thank you, Senator!
Check out this video of a man who was tortured, starved, then forced to give a false statement:
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