McCain blasts Trump as 'poorly informed,' often 'impulsive'

McCain blasts Trump as 'poorly informed,' often 'impulsive'
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE (R-Ariz.) bucked President Trump in an op-ed on Thursday, saying Congress does not answer to him despite his recent attacks on the lawmakers. 

"We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people," McCain wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. 

"We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation," he continued. 

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McCain called for "a return to regular order" in the piece, which he said was in part essential due to the fact "Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct." 

The veteran senator's comments come as Congress faces gridlock and extremely low approval ratings from the public, with both chambers attempting to tackle tax reform after Senate Republicans' failure to pass an ObamaCare repeal bill in July. 

A new Fox News poll found that only 15 percent of voters polled approved of the job Congress was doing. 

Trump has taken to publicly criticizing his lawmakers recently, most notably taking aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.). 

 

Trump also took aim at McCain and fellow Arizona Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House Flake's anti-Trump speech will make a lot of noise, but not much sense MORE (R) at a rally in Phoenix. 

His attacks come as Congress is set to return from the August recess, and Republicans will look to work with Trump on tax reform.