It seems that the doctors opened up the wrong part of McCain’s head.
President Donald Trump has been criticized from both sides of the political aisle for saying North Korea would “face fire and fury like the world has never seen” should Kim Jong Un continue to threaten the United States.
A harsh critic of Trump’s words is Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee took particular umbragewith Trump’s words, suggesting the president risks making threats that he will not be able to follow through on.
“I take exception to the president’s comments because you’ve got to be sure that you can do what you say you’re going to do,” the Republican senator warned Tuesday during a radio interview with KTAR in Phoenix. “The great leaders I’ve seen don’t threaten unless they’re ready to act and I’m not sure President Trump is ready to act.”
McCain also suggested the president embellishes his comments for dramatic effect.
“It’s kind of the classic Trump in that he overstates things,” McCain said.
The Arizona Republican’s response comes after Trump issued a dire warning Tuesday while vacationing at his National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen… he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before,” Trump cautioned.
U.S. intelligence assessed that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead. However, the North Korean government reportedly does not yet posses the capability to deliver a nuclear missile intact to the United States.
This is not the first time McCain has publicly rebuked Trump.
The Arizona Republican was the deciding vote in the Senate’s defeat of a “skinny” repeal bill to strip away some of Obamacare’s most controversial provisions.
Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act were vehemently pushed by Trump and White House aides. Its failure was a major blow to the GOP’s legislative agenda.
McCain later explained his vote was due to concerns that no compromise would be made concerning health care reform.
“One of the problems with Obamacare is that it was rammed through Congress without a single Republican vote. I believe we shouldn’t make that same mistake again,” McCain said at a press conference last month.
“We’ve got to have Democrats and Republicans sit down together and come up with a bill that gets a majority in both houses. When we passed Obamacare in 2009, it split us. It split us dramatically and it split us for years.”