McCain: Congress not briefed on missile shield decision

2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain (Ariz.) was sharply critical of the Obama administration's decision Wednesday to abandon a missile shield system in Eastern Europe, saying the president failed to consult Congress.

McCain, ranking Republican on the Senate's Armed Services Committee, told The Hill the White House never notified his committee and that he was unaware of the decision until he was notified Thursday morning.

"It was an unfortunate decision, and it was made without consultation with the Czech Republic and the Polish government, and Congress was not briefed," McCain said. "I think it sends a message to the Russians that could encourage them, and I think it sends a message to our friends and allies not to count on our commitments."

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