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McCain slams Trump’s debt deal, ‘Devastating to national defense’

McCain slams Trump’s debt deal, ‘Devastating to national defense’

THE HILL – REBECCA SAVRANSKY

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday criticized the deal President Trump struck with Democrats to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling.

“This was not an exercise in bipartisanship,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“The Republican leaders, [Speaker Paul] Ryan [R-Wis.] and [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell [R-Ky.], were surprised to hear that he had cut this deal with ‘Chuck and Nancy.’ ”

McCain said the proposal Trump accepted last week with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had just been categorically rejected by the Speaker of the House.

“That’s not the way we need to do business,” he said.

He added that the agreement made is “basically devastating to national defense.”

McCain said his first obligation, as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is to make sure “the men and women who are serving in our military have everything they need.”

“Under this agreement, they not only don’t have everything they need, their lives are in greater danger,” he said. “We can’t do that to them.”

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