Top US Republican Senator John McCain is questioning the so–called “America First” policy in the administration of US President Donald Trump, citing his belief in Russian President Vladimir Putin.
McCain made the comments in a statement on Saturday after Trump said he believed Putin when he said Moscow did not meddle in the 2016 election that made him the president of the United States.
“There’s nothing ‘America First’ about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community,” McCain said.
After talking with Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Vietnam, Trump said aboard US Air Force One that, “Every time he [Putin] sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it.”
He added that he “can’t stand there and argue” with the Russian leader.
According to McCain, “Vladimir Putin does not have America’s interests at heart. To believe otherwise is not only naive but also places our national security at risk.”
In a declassified report released in January, the US intelligence community concluded that Russia helped with the New York billionaire’s campaign effort ahead of winning the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow and Trump ever since.
Trump has also been accused of obstructing justice in the investigation process, in part by dismissing the FBI director at the helm of the probe.
A special council is currently investigating ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin to find out evidence of possible collusion.