Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

McCain Says Russia Is Bigger Threat Than Islamic State

US Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain has claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bigger threat to world security than the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

Speaking of the level of threat Putin can pose, the Arizona Senator said: ' I think he is the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS.

He cited an attempt to influence the French election and said Russian Federation had "dismembered Ukraine, a sovereign nation" as reasons for viewing Putin as the greatest threat.

U.S. Senator John McCain attends the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 23. I think ISIS can do awful things ...

McCain told the Australian outlet: "This becomes more and more and more freaky. In fact, you can't make it up".

McCain - who unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. presidency in 2008 - also indicated he is "nervous from time to time" about the current United States president's approach to national security.

Asked why security in the middle east seemed to get worse, not better, after United States intervention, Mr McCain was scathing of former president Barack Obama's approach.

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"I think ISIS can do awful things", he said.

The senator believes Mr Trump has the confidence of his national security team, and, most of the time, accepted their advice. But I would submit to you that the rise of Asia - a community of peaceful, prosperous, law-abiding, rights-respecting and increasingly democratic nations - this Asia can and should do just as much, or more, to shape the future of China. "Yes, it bothers me", he said on Australian Broadcasting Corporation's 7:30 program Monday.

Asked about the Kushner revelation, McCain, in Australia on a visit, said: "My view of it is I don't like it".

Leaders from the G7 nations, including US President Donald Trump, at the weekend expressed concern at China's construction of islands and military facilities in the South China Sea.

McCain said it was up to China to help control its wayward ally and warned things could be as bad as when they were during the Cuban missile crisis unless North Korea was stopped.

"The real choice is whether America and Australia are better off dealing with the economic challenges together or by ourselves".

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