McCain: Trump doesn’t understand the situation in Syria

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Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain granddaughter comes out in support of Clinton With reservations, moving toward Hillary Clinton FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton closes out Democratic convention MORE (R-Ariz.) says Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump vows economic progress on Twitter Muslim DNC speaker challenges GOP leaders to call Trump out Battle for union vote erupts in Ohio MORE doesn’t understand what’s going on in Syria, taking a shot at his party’s front-runner in the 2016 GOP presidential primary.

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McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a leading Republican authority on national security issues, was responding to Trump’s statement in a recent interview that the United States should not intervene the war-torn country.

“Let Syria and ISIS fight. Why can’t we let ISIS and Syria fight? Let Russia, they’re in Syria already, let them fight ISIS. Let Russia take care of ISIS. How many places can we be?” Trump said.

McCain dismissed Trump’s stance as uninformed.

“I don’t think he understands very well the situation. He’s entitled to his opinion,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Russia launched airstrikes in Syria last week, but U.S. officials say they have targeted U.S.-backed rebels, not the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as Russia had originally claimed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a political ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom President Obama is trying to push out of power. Obama has called for a “managed transition” to new leadership in Syria.