Sen. John McCain says despite the uncertainty about the path of U.S. foreign policy under President Donald Trump, Americans remain committed to their foreign allies.
In remarks Saturday to the Ambrosetti Forum, an international economic and policy gathering in Lake Como, Italy, the Arizona Republican, a frequent Trump critic, said he couldn’t “recall a year where [the Forum’s] purpose was more necessary or more important.”
“I realize that I come to Italy at a time when many are questioning whether America is still committed to remaining engaged in the world, to upholding our traditional alliances, and standing up for the values we share,” McCain said.
“I also realize — and there is no point in avoiding a little straight talk here — that this doubt has much to do with some of the actions and statements of our president.”
He added there’s “real debate” taking place in the country as to what role it will play on the international stage.
“What I do believe, and I do not think I am exaggerating here, is that the future of the world will turn, to a large extent, on how this debate in America is resolved,” he said.
But he added, “I believe bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-alliances, pro-trade, pro-investment, pro-military, pro-globalization, in favor of an internationalist foreign policy, and supportive of our transatlantic alliance.”
“It may not look that way on Twitter, but that is what opinion polls clearly show, time after time after time,” he said, adding: “Our foreign friends always tend to focus on the person in the White House. But America is far bigger than that.”
Diagnosed with brain cancer in July, McCain announced this week he’ll return to the Senate after its August recess ends Tuesday.