“American leadership” was better under President Barack Obama than President Trump, according to anti-Trump Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

McCain was reportedly “visibly irked” when asked by the Guardian about what “message” Trump delivered to the United Kingdom last week when he castigated London’s left-wing Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack that left at least seven dead and dozens injured.

 “What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” McCain told The Guardian in a report that published Sunday.

He said of the rest of the world: “They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica.”

When asked if America’s international standing was better under Obama, McCain reportedly responded: “As far as American leadership is concerned, yes.”

Trump blasted Khan Sunday in the wake of the terror attack in London— after Khan told Londoners there is “no reason to be alarmed.”

He warned on Twitter after the attack—the third attack in the UK in just a few months— that “we must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people.”

McCain — who lost his 2008 presidential bid against then-candidate Obama after a campaign in which he repeatedly defended Obama from his supporters’ criticisms — recently told an audience in Sydney that Trump has “unsettled” allies and Americans alike.

 “I realize that some of President Trump’s actions and statements have unsettled America’s friends,” according to The Associated Press. “They have unsettled many Americans as well.”

The Arizona senator also said in an interview with an Australian TV network that Trump makes him “nervous from time to time” and said he was bothered that Trump does not always take the advice of his national security team.

“Can I tell you that he does all the time? No. Does it bother me? Yes, it bothers me,” he said.

McCain has been an outspoken critic of Trump since the beginning of the 2016 presidential race and has refused to tone it down since his fellow Republican took the White House.

In January, he admitted that he gave the FBI an unverified and error-riddled  dossier detailing claims of a Russian blackmail plot against President-elect Donald Trump. Trump has denounced as “a complete and total fabrication.

Trump notoriously blasted McCain, a former Navy pilot, spent roughly five-and-half years in a notorious North Vietnamese prison known as the “Hanoi Hilton,” where he was repeatedly tortured, during the campaign.

 “He’s not a war hero,” the then Republican-presidential frontrunner said of Mccain. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

 He also characterized McCain as “all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job.”



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