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

McCain blasts Trump as 'poorly informed,' often 'impulsive'
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRomney forced into GOP primary for Utah Senate nomination Trump considering pardon for boxing legend after call from Sylvester Stallone GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees 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 McConnellGOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics' Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees MORE (R-Ky.). 

 

Trump also took aim at McCain and fellow Arizona Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakePompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes Arizona GOP tinkers with election rules with an eye on McCain's seat 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.