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John McCain: President Obama is ‘Directly Responsible’ for Orlando Terror

mccainArizona Republican Senator John McCain harshly criticized President Barack Obama Thursday, telling reporters that he was “directly responsible” for Sunday’s terrorist attack on an Orlando gay club.

Reporters at the gaggle tweeted that McCain tied the reportedly ISIS-inspired attack to Obama’s failure to defeat the group in the Middle East.

McCain also criticized Obama and blamed him for the rise of ISIS following the Paris terrorist attacks last year, but did not make as direct a connection to the attacks themselves. “It’s because of the president of the United States’ failed policies, ‘leading from behind,’ which has led to this chaos and renewed influence and growth of ISIS,” he argued.

UPDATE 4:40p.m. ET: John McCain released a statement clarifying what he meant.

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