By Justin Sink
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (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 Schumer (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 McDonough 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.