McCain says American leadership was better under Obama: report

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) said American leadership was stronger under President Trump's predecessor, according to a Guardian report published Sunday.

Asked if the country stood on sturdier ground under former President Obama's leadership, McCain said "yes," according to the report.

“As far as American leadership is concerned, yes," said McCain, though he vocally criticized many of the Obama administration's foreign policy decisions.

McCain also lost to Obama when he ran as the GOP nominee in the 2008 presidential election.

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The Arizona Republican was also asked what "message" the president delivered to the U.K. last week when he publicly criticized London's mayor, shortly after a terror-related attack that left eight people dead and many more wounded.

“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” said McCain, chairman on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica,” he added. 

Trump criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan's comment that Londoners should not be alarmed by the increased police presence following the attack by taking the statement out of context.

Trump also used the two recent attacks in the United Kingdom to renew his push to ban refugees and immigrants from several predominantly Muslim countries.