McCain to N Korea: Price is ‘extinction’
“I also think that we’ve got to tell the Chinese, it will hurt the United States if we lose some trade with you, but I’m telling you now, something is going to have to change,” McCain said.
North Korea recently announced it had tested its most powerful nuclear weapon yet and has continued to conduct missile tests, all in defiance of the international community. President Donald Trump has responded to the moves with condemnation and in August threatened “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea should the rogue nation continue to threaten the United States.
More military spending
In the interview, McCain slammed an agreement Trump made last week with Democratic leaders to tie funding for hurricane relief to a three-month extension of spending and suspension of the debt ceiling.
He blasted the legislative package in particular for not increasing defense spending.
“The agreement that they made is basically devastating to national defense,” McCain said.
The measure passed the Senate with 17 “no” votes — all of them Republicans, including McCain — shortly after Trump made the agreement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“This was not an exercise in bipartisanship,” McCain said Sunday. “The Republican leaders, (House Speaker Paul) Ryan and (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell, were surprised to hear that he had cut this deal with Chuck and Nancy.”
McCain said the current level of defense spending was undermining the military’s readiness and service members’ safety, and he linked the spending issue to recent Navy incidents.
“I believe my first obligation as chairman of the Armed Services Committee is to make sure the men and women who are serving in our military have everything they need,” McCain said. “Under this agreement, they not only don’t have everything they need, their lives are in greater danger.”
McCain pointed out it was Trump who campaigned repeatedly on building up the military.
“This is a President that campaigned and said, ‘I’m gonna rebuild the military, we’re gonna increase that,'” McCain said.
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