McCain: Trump and Putin ‘a match made in heaven’
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainVeterans group to hand out USS John McCain T-shirts for July 4 on the National Mall Will we ever have another veteran as president? Meghan McCain clashes with Joy Behar as the 'sacrificial Republican' on 'The View' MORE (R-Ariz.) mocked GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE on Thursday for receiving praise from Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTop Democrat accuses White House of obstructing review related to Trump-Putin communications Trump on addressing election interference with Putin: 'I may' Beware the Bolton path to US military strikes on Iran MORE.

“That’s a match made in heaven,” McCain said on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria." "Absolutely, I can hardly wait."


McCain also criticized the Obama administration for frequently backing down when confronted with aggression from Putin overseas.

“The pandering to Vladimir Putin is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in any president,” he said of President Obama.

“You’d have to go all the way back to Neville Chamberlain in Munich to see this kind of pandering towards Vladimir Putin,” he said, comparing Obama to British prime minister who gave concessions to Adolf Hitler.

“[These are] the most remarkable comments from Secretary of State John Kerry that I’ve ever heard in my life,” the Arizona lawmaker added.

“Now we don’t have to get rid of [Syrian leader] Bashar al-Assad, everything’s fine with the Russians, we are going to get along with Vladimir Putin.”

McCain additionally predicted Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (R-Texas) would not overtake Trump to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

“I hope that we as Republicans in a fair and honest election would support the nominee of the party. That’s why we’re Republicans,” said McCain, the party's 2008 presidential nominee.

“I can also tell you I don’t believe that Sen. Cruz will be elected Ms. Congeniality at any time soon among his Republican colleagues, much less Democrats.”

Putin complimented Trump as a “really brilliant and talented person” late Wednesday during his annual question-and-answer session in Moscow.

“It’s not our job to judge his qualities — that’s the job for the American voters — but he’s the absolute leader in the presidential race,” Putin said of the real estate tycoon.

Trump has repeatedly promised he would improve relations with Putin should he become the president next year.

The outspoken billionaire also sparked outrage earlier this year by questioning whether McCain deserves to be called a war hero.

“I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said last July of McCain’s imprisonment during the Vietnam War.