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McCain: Putin Is a Bigger Threat Than ISIS

Arizona Sen. John McCain, during a Tuesday morning interview on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, seemed to suggest that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is more dangerous to U.S. interests than ISIS, Newsmax reported.

“I know that Vladimir Putin’s ambitions are different than the United States' priorities,” said the powerful Republican lawmaker, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. “A great example of that is while Vladimir Putin was using his air power to hit the hospitals and the moderate opposition in Aleppo, they sat and watched ISIS take over Palmyra. Vladimir Putin's priorities are to restore the Russian empire. That’s what they are, OK, as long as we understand that.”

McCain disagreed with Donald Trump’s argument that the United States should foster a friendlier relationship with Putin to defeat ISIS and possibly form an alliance against China. “You can work with him like Ronald Reagan did, in a position of peace through strength, which means first of all we’ve got to rebuild our military, which has been decimated over the last eight years, including a 21 percent reduction in funding thanks to Barack Obama and the Congress,” the senator explained.

He warned that Putin is “closing the gap militarily” between his country and the United States. “That should alarm us all,” McCain said. “Look at his behavior. Look at what he has done. He has made no bones about what he wants to do. And he’s done it. He’s played a very weak hand in the most clever fashion. He’s got the world's 15th-largest economy and yet he’s now a major player in the Middle East.”

Source: Newsmax
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