Obama's Republican opponent in the 2008 election just stated that America's current president is a worse leader than its previous one.
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It’s not every day that Republicans praise Democrats at the expense of their own party, and vice versa. But, fed up with the Trump administration, one prominent Republican has now done just that.

Senator John McCain, Barack Obama’s opponent in the 2008 presidential election, recently suggested to the Guardian that American leadership on the global stage was better under Obama than it is now under Trump. As the Guardian writes:

“Asked if America’s standing on the global stage was better under Barack Obama, McCain, a fervent critic of the previous administration’s foreign policy, responded: ‘As far as American leadership is concerned, yes.’”

McCain additionally expounded on his belief that America’s global reputation has suffered under Trump:

“McCain… was visibly irked when asked by the Guardian what message Trump had sent to the United Kingdom, one of America’s most enduring allies.

“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” McCain said, while adding of the rest of the world: “They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica.”

McCain’s comments figure into a far-reaching Guardian report that investigates how Trump’s foreign policy — be it his response to the recent London terror attacks or his condemnation of U.S. ally Qatar as a terror sponsor — has altered America’s alliances and its role in the global power structure.

“Trump’s foreign policy approach has stunned observers,” the Guardian wrote, “but recent weeks have underscored potential ramifications of his loose rhetoric and abrupt policy shifts.”

It seems as though John McCain, for one, could not agree more.


Next, read about the recent incident in which John McCain called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a “crazy fat kid.” Then, hear McCain’s claims that Russia definitely influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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