Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasts President Trump in his new memoir, decrying Trump’s “fake news” attacks on the free press and denouncing his rhetoric on refugees as “appalling.”
“The way he speaks about [refugees] is appalling, as though welfare or terrorism were the only purposes they could have in coming to our country,” McCain writes in his upcoming memoir, “The Restless Wave,” an excerpt of which was published on Thursday by NPR.
The Hill added:
On the campaign trail, Trump railed against the notion of resettling refugees in the U.S., warning that doing so would make the country vulnerable to terrorist plots. Since taking office, he has significantly curbed the number of refugees admitted to the country, and has placed a highly controversial ban on people from several countries, including Syria, from entering the U.S.
McCain also took issue with Trump for his insistence that media outlets that cover his administration critically are “fake news,” saying that authoritarian governments abroad have echoed that phrase to discredit the press.
“His reaction to unflattering news stories, calling them ‘fake news’ whether they’re credible or not, is copied by autocrats who want to discredit and control a free press,” McCain writes.
In one section, McCain admits that he’s “not sure what to make of President Trump’s convictions.”