Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said American leadership was stronger under President Trump’s predecessor, according to a Guardian report published Sunday.
Asked if the country stood on sturdier ground under former President Obama’s leadership, McCain said “yes,” according to the report.
“As far as American leadership is concerned, yes,” said McCain, though he vocally criticized many of the Obama administration’s foreign policy decisions.
McCain also lost to Obama when he ran as the GOP nominee in the 2008 presidential election.
The Arizona Republican was also asked what “message” the president delivered to the U.K. last week when he publicly criticized London’s mayor, shortly after a terror-related attack that left eight people dead and many more wounded.
“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” said McCain, chairman on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica,” he added.