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John McCain: Vladimir Putin is a Bigger Threat Than ISIS

It’s no secret that John McCain doesn’t think much of Russia.

During an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Monday, the Arizona Republican again made it clear just how he felt, saying be believed Vladimir Putin to be the “premiere” global threat today and that his continued danger to world security was a greater threat than the Islamic State.

“I think he is the premiere and most important threat, more so than ISIS. I think ISIS can do terrible things … But it’s the Russians who tried to destroy the fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election,” said McCain. “I view the Russians as the far greatest challenge that we have.”

The Russia comments were part of a nearly 30-minute interview the Senator sat for in which he also touched upon some familiar bailiwicks including the Paris Climate Accords, North Korea and the growing clouds surrounding Jared Kushner.

The Senator is in Australia for defense talks as part of a larger effort to smooth relations after a frosty phone call between Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The two seemed to have mostly patched things up during a recent visit to the United States from Turnbull. Trump even lauded the country, saying their universal publicly funded health care system was better than what American enjoyed in the United States.

You can watch the ISIS stuff above, and for the full interview, see below.

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