McConnell denounces Obama's 'mind-boggling' foreign policy
© Francis Rivera

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Overnight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts MORE railed against President Obama's foreign policy on Sunday, calling his philosophy "mind-boggling" and evidence of a belief in "American retreat around the world."

The Kentucky Republican said the president has ushered in “a genuine meltdown of American foreign policy across the board” in an appearance on the “Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 New York.

McConnell challenged host John Catsimatidis to name a single county with which America is on better terms today than it was eight years ago.


“You name the country. Where are we in better shape now than we were when he came to office? Nowhere,” he said.

McConnell said Obama’s threat to veto a defense authorization bill that passed in the Senate with 70 votes is evidence of his retreat-first mentality when it comes to foreign affairs.

“The mere threat to veto a defense bill with all we’ve seen going on in the world is truly astonishing and underscores what a left-wing president we have who continues to be hostile to the military as he reduces our influence around the world,” McConnell said.

Citing Hillary Clinton’s opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), he said that as extreme to the left as Obama is, his party is even further.

“Even the likely Democratic standard-bearer coming out against one of the principal accomplishments of a Democratic president tells you where the energy is in the Democratic Party today — it’s on the far left,” McConnell said. “And of course, the far left of the Democratic Party, these are people who are even to the left of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaKrystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans Sanders campaign announces it contacted over 1 million Iowa voters Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE, which is hard to imagine, hate trade agreements of any kind.”

Weighing in on the GOP presidential race, he said he hopes for “a nominee who can win in what we call purple states.”

“I hope we have a nominee who can actually win the election, because I always remind people, winners make policy, and losers go on to do something else,” McConnell said. “And we need to win if we’re going to save this country from this crowd that’s been running it into the ground the last eight years.”

The Senate leader was mum on the chaotic race for the Speakership underway in the lower chamber, but did brag that “there’s been a lot of drama in the House, but not in the Senate.”