Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said during a Tuesday trip to Australia that President Donald Trump’s actions have not just rankled America’s friends, but also “unsettled” Americans.
McCain was expected to speak of the importance of Australia’s important ties with the U.S. during a foreign policy speech Tuesday in Sydney, Sky News reported.
“I realize that some of President Trump’s actions and statements have unsettled America’s friends. They have unsettled many Americans as well,” said McCain.
McCain met with top Australian defense and foreign affairs officials. He used his speech to argue Australia should not give up its alliance with the U.S. now that Trump is in office.
“There is real debate underway now in my country about what kind of role America should play in the world and, frankly, I don’t know how this debate will play out,” McCain, a frequent critic of the president, reportedly said in his address.
“But I do believe — and I don’t think I’m exaggerating here — that the future of the world will turn to a large extent on how this debate in America is resolved. That’s why I and others are fighting so hard to ensure that America stands by our allies and remains an active, principled leader in the world,” McCain said.
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