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John McCain: ‘It’s Really Incredible’ That Trump Will Equate America With ‘Butcher’ Putin

Earlier this morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to lob some personal attacks at Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) over McCain’s considering the Yemen raid a “failure.” Following Trump’s mean tweets, CNN’s Manu Raju caught up with McCain on Capitol Hill to get his reaction.

McCain’s office put out a short statement as the Arizona lawmaker spoke with the CNN reporter, and McCain refereed to that statement during the conversation, obviously not looking to escalate a fight with the president over the mission.

However, it did appear that the senator was in the mood to continue to go after POTUS over his defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin a few days ago. As you may recall, during an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump said America is not so innocent and full of killers when O’Reilly described Putin as a killer.

Asked about the Russia Review Act that he signed on to regarding Congress having veto power over the president on Russia, McCain said it was because he’s “concerned about lifting sanctions” due to Trump’s statement “equating the United States and Russia.”

When pressed on that point, McCain railed against Trump’s remarks.

“It’s really incredible,” he exclaimed. “That the President of the United States would equate the greatest nation on earth, that has the greatest record of helping people all over the world, with that of Vladimir Putin, who is a butcher and a killer.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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