McCain: 'I obviously have seen no evidence of illegal voting'

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News Trump's attacks on McConnell seen as prelude to 2024 White House bid MORE (R-Ariz.) said he has no evidence that would support President Trump’s claim that millions of people voted illegally, costing him the popular vote.

“I obviously have seen no evidence of illegal voting,” McCain told CNN on Wednesday morning. “But my focus has been on national security, getting Gen. [James] Mattis in as secretary of Defense, working with [CIA Director Mike] Pompeo, doing those issues that are national security."

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Trump on Monday told a meeting of congressional leaders that widespread voter fraud by "illegals" was the only reason he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE.

"He said 3 to 5 million 'illegals' voted so that's why he lost popular vote," a Democratic aide told The Hill.

McCain said he had long learned not to focus on all of Trump’s statements, adding he was currently focused on the president’s Cabinet nominees.

"A long time ago, honestly, I've stopped reacting to everything that the president has stated and try to work on the issues and the people who he is going to surround himself with who I am very pleased with as far as national security is concerned,” the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman said.