By Justin Sink
Sens. John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Defense: House panel approves 0B defense bill McCain fundraiser faces felony drug charges in Arizona GOP senator blocks Obama Army nominee over Guantanamo MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGOP warms to Trump Trump address gets mixed reaction from GOP Graham tears into Trump’s ‘pathetic’ foreign policy speech MORE (R-S.C.) met with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday to discuss national security issues.
Finished up a productive meeting with the President and @GrahamBlog on imp't national security issues— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 17, 2013
It is the second meeting in as many weeks for McCain with the president. Last week, he and Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerCruz's dad: Trump 'would be worse than Hillary Clinton' With Ryan’s blessing, lawmakers press ahead with tax reform talks Big business will never appease the Left MORE (D-N.Y.) huddled with the president in the Oval Office to discuss a way forward on immigration reform.
White House press secretary Jay Carney would not categorically rule out a boycott on Wednesday, despite admitting he thought it was a bad idea. But Graham stood by his suggestion when talking to reporters yesterday afternoon.
McCain has also played a role in a set of meetings with White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughOvernight Cybersecurity: Obama to review encryption bill White House denies reports it won't support encryption bill Encryption bill sent back to White House for Obama review MORE and other Republican lawmakers attempting to plot a budget grand bargain, according to reports.
The meeting was not on the president's official schedule.
McCain and Graham have been harsh critics of many of Obama's foreign policy decisions, urging him to do more to aid rebel groups in Syria seeking the ouster of President Bashar Assad and questioning the administration's rapid drawdown of combat forces from Afghanistan.