Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) chastised “poorly informed” and “impulsive” President Donald Trump in an op-ed on Thursday, writing that Congress “are not his subordinates.”
“We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people,” McCain wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.
“We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation,” he continued.
The veteran Arizona senator called for “a return to regular order” in the piece, which he said was critical due to the fact “Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct.”
Trump has repeatedly criticized members of Congress, most notably taking aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed!That should NEVER have happened!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017
“We might not like the compromises regular order requires, but we can and must live with them if we are to find real and lasting solutions,” McCain wrote Friday. “And all of us in Congress have the duty, in this sharply polarized atmosphere, to defend the necessity of compromise before the American public.”